art and words dedicated to the children of Palestine

Letters for Palestinian childhoods

Letters for Palestinian childhoods is an online and travelling in-person exhibition of letters, poems, and artwork dedicated to the children of Palestine. It aims to counter dehumanising narratives about Palestinians, showing solidarity by attending to the names, stories, experiences, dreams, and struggles of Palestinian children and the actions of the Western-backed Israeli state which are so violently shaping their lives.

SAN MIGUEL TZINACAPAN – RADIO TSINAKA

SAN MIGUEL TZINACAPAN – RADIO TSINAKA

Somos los niños y niñas de San Miguel Tzinacapan.Y le mandamos esta radio carta a los niños de Palestina.Estamos en el pueblo en San Miguel Tzinacapan.Aquí hay lirios, rosas, plátanos, manzanas, fresas, naranjas,...

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A Letter for the Children of Gaza

A Letter for the Children of Gaza

You are not Forgotten. Dearest, precious, sweet child of Gaza, I know that no words can suffice for what you have been through, for what you are going through at this difficult time, when I take refuge in the pen. But...

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Into Oblivion

Into Oblivion

Yaaa Weldi, I sit here with all the batanyat, mittens, and bonnets I made Filled with countless dreams unfulfilled for which I had so heartily prayed; Numb by your white, stained, airless Kafan with no name or...

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Love notes for Hind Rajab

Love notes for Hind Rajab

Every day I send my 5-year-old son to Kindergarten with a “love note” in his lunchbox —  A small drawing of a plant or animal with “love you” written underneath. Since your murder, Hind, I have been drawing a love...

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To all the children who lost a limb

To all the children who lost a limb

I watched holocaust survivor, Marione Ingram,  on democracy now tell us that her heart is breaking because she knows what the children of Gaza are going through - she knows what you are feeling.Her words felt like...

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‘It’s Complicated’

‘It’s Complicated’

My dear friend, Have you ever heard a grown-up say ‘its complicated’? When a grown-up says this, it’s very rare that it actually IS complicated. This is an answer that grown-ups usually give when they don’t want to...

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To The Girl Who Danced in the Rain

To The Girl Who Danced in the Rain

In your blue skirt and your red blouse, you move so gently, full of joy, as if the world was a wonder and there were no ruins around you. Captured, I glimpse the scene as if on a movie screen. In her black jacket, a...

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Dear Lama

Dear Lama

You remind me of myself; our skin tone similar, our mother tongue similar in origin. I grieve when I wonder; What was I doing at 9 years old? And how by arbitrary chance, our lives are not similar at all. I am in awe...

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Dear Dunia

Dear Dunia

My daughter, Yasmine, is 12 years old. She is the same age as you.  These days, every time I look at Yasmine, I remember you, and I think about the life you could’ve had, should’ve had. I think of a life all...

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100 days of genocide

100 days of genocide

Where is the world, you ask.  Does no one see me bereft? Caressing my sister’s cold 1-year old body. Does no one hear our terrorized cries? Amidst the 29,000 (by mid-December) munitions, shells and bombs dropped...

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Hola niños y niñas de Palestina

Hola niños y niñas de Palestina

Hello boys and girls of Palestine I am Candela, I am writing this letter to you from school. Every day I see the news and I see your country, the children, the people in the hospital, I say to myself how lucky I am...

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Hola querido/a niño/as palestinos/a

Hola querido/a niño/as palestinos/a

Hello dear Palestinian boy, Palestinian girl I am very sorry for what is happening to you, I can't do anything because I am just another child. From here I send you my support and keep going, although of course I am...

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Por los niños palestinos

Por los niños palestinos

For Palestinian children Hi I'm Maria, a girl who of course is not as brave as you, a girl who can't imagine what you are going through. A girl who has never heard a bomb hit the ground, a girl who has never seen a...

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Con su propia voz

Con su propia voz

Queridos niños y niñas de Gaza, De todas las fotos y reportajes gráficos que estamos viendo estos dos largos meses, no puedo decir cuál me ha impresionado más. Elijo esta donde aparecéis serios, preocupados, con mirada...

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Mr. Fox

Mr. Fox

In this allegorical tale, a fox takes over someone’s home, invites all of his friends in, eats all of her food, while the homeowner has to sleep outside on the porch. The story, written in a playful innocent style, is...

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What She Said*

What She Said*

"They don't have snow days in Palestine, they have military invasion days." -International Solidarity Movement activists, describing Palestinian children's lives under occupation. She said, go play outside, but don’t...

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Dear Nariman

Dear Nariman

You don’t know me, but I’ve been thinking a lot about you. I first found about you in 2021, when I learned that your home had been bombed by the Israel military. When you fled your home before the bombs...

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Dear Children in Gaza

Dear Children in Gaza

We wish to share a story with you about a remarkable plant that embodies both strength and sweetness: the watermelon cactus, a symbol of hope and resilience. In a challenging environment, amid ruins, grows the...

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Where is my family?

Where is my family?

Where is my family? I’m still young Where is my family? And our farewell became a destiny Where is my family? Why did this pain happen to me? Where is my family? Blood is all over my walls Where is my family? I opened...

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To the Children of Gaza

To the Children of Gaza

It is silent here From where I sit I can hear the sounds Of me typing on this computer Of me breathing heavy into my thoughts Of my sighing at the impending exhaustion of mundane jobs It is silent here From where I sit...

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We prefer Palestine to be free

We prefer Palestine to be free

We prefer a game of cards and reading old books, We prefer the sound of singing  to the siren of an ambulance. We prefer schools with students and hospitals with fuel, We prefer a home to a tent  when the...

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Queridos niños y niñas de Gaza

Queridos niños y niñas de Gaza

Les escribo desde México. Parecería que nuestras tierras están muy alejadas en distancia física pero no lo están en la distancia de nuestros corazones con los de ustedes. Quiero decirles que estoy muy enojada por la...

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To the children of Gaza

To the children of Gaza

You’ve been in a dark nightmare for too long. I don’t know if a few days of ceasefire allowed for some relief. I hope so, I hope you're warmed up a bit, I hope you're fed, and I hope you've been able to sleep quietly....

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Tiny beads

Tiny beads

Dear children of Palestine You are as precious as the tiny beads that together shape the words Free Palestine. As each bead is carefully placed, they tell the story of a Free Palestine. I am so sad and angry that you...

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Dear Khaled Joudeh

Dear Khaled Joudeh

I saw your picture in the first page of a newspaper very far from where you live. You are only 9 years old wearing a non-sleeves T-shirt and barefoot. You were at the morgue, crying and caressing the face of your...

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I’ll Meet You in a Dream

I’ll Meet You in a Dream

I don’t know your name, and this haunts me. I want to say your name, to keep you alive. Because I don’t know if you are or not. But when I close my eyes, I see you. Your hands are chalked, grey, from the particles of...

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My mother was a child of war

My mother was a child of war

My mother was a child of war in a cellar she hid with her mother while the bombs - silent ones which would suddenly burst - crushed homes on the street and she waited for father to return My father was a young man of...

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Stories of Children

Stories of Children

When I was a little girl, I was scared of the dark. I used to slip into my grandmother’s bed in the middle of the night, and nestled against her, all nice and warm, I used to say: “ can you tell me a story?”...

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Dear little one

Dear little one

The world is dark outside and in, The noise is scary, Even if you put your fingers in your ears. You are hungry, wet and cold, Where is daddy gone? Why is mummy crying? Why is the world so hostile and unsafe? Home is...

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This Saturday

This Saturday

This Saturday, November 25, my daughter Laura turns 4 years old.  She wants a unicorn cake and lots of balloons.  It's hard for me not to have mixed feelings when, while I  buy her balloons and look for...

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Dear Yehya

Dear Yehya

I saw your father holding you, wrapped in white. You were born in this atrocity and killed just two days later. We were told that your death certificate was printed...

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Write My Name*

“Some parents in Gaza have resorted to writing their children’s names on their legs to help identify them should either they or the children be killed.”—CNN, 10/22/2023Write my name on my leg, MamaUse the black...

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Dear Salma

Dear Salma

I have watched many times the short heart wrenching clip of you mourning the death of your beloved bird, killed due to airstrikes in your community. I am writing to let you know that I have thought of you often with...

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Dear Palestinian childhoods

Dear Palestinian childhoods

I write you as the state of Israel executes a genocide against you. I wonder what would happen if every time the state of Israel kills a Palestinian child, an Israeli Jewish child vanishes? Disappears?  As the...

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To Hanan

To Hanan

So much has changed in your life since your 3rd birthday celebrations on the 30th September. Your mum sent me videos then of you riding in a big blue car in an arcade, bouncing up and down with your contagious laugh....

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A los hermosos y valientes niños Palestinos

A los hermosos y valientes niños Palestinos

Pienso en ustedes jugando en el Return Park, en el campamento de Malika, y escucho en mi mente sus voces, sus risas, sus gritos de felicidad y de júbilo. Los veo corriendo, saltando y tomándose de las manos, cantando y...

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To the unknown boy in a Gaza hospital

To the unknown boy in a Gaza hospital

One of the first images I saw coming out of the Gaza bombings was of you.  I saw parts of the clip twice but could not watch the entire video.  I assume you are about 8-9 years old. You were wounded and...

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To the boy who loves his cat

To the boy who loves his cat

I’m not a cat person. My sister has a cat, she is very mean. But I like your cat. She seems sweet. And I love her because you love her. You saved her from the first floor of a bombed building, while traumatized...

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