He lost his sight during the recent conflict with Israel

A child from Gaza dreams of going back to school

  • The Palestinian child was blinded by the Israeli aggression on Gaza.

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  • The father carries his son to sit on the study bench.

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Eight-year-old Palestinian child, Muhammad Shaaban, dreams of returning to school, with the opening of the new school year in the Gaza Strip, after he lost his sight during the recent conflict with Israel.

On Monday, more than one million Palestinian students in the West Bank and Gaza Strip went to their schools, with the start of the new school year, amid precautionary measures to limit the spread of the “Corona” virus, and the Ministries of Education in both the West Bank and Gaza Strip confirmed that education in the year The new school year will be completely face-to-face.

And (Muhammad) used to go to his school in the town of Beit Lahia in the north every academic year, accompanied by his cousins ​​and the neighbors’ sons, but he was left behind, last Monday, at home with his baby brother, and (Muhammad) was injured on the first day of the escalation, on May 10 , as a result of Israeli bombing of the Gaza Strip, according to his father, Hani.

The father adds: “The market (Gaza Central Market) was targeted by Israeli bombing, and (Mohammed) was there with his mother to buy clothes, and he was hit in the eyes and became completely blind.” When will I go out to the street alone?

After (Muhammad) was injured, the family was forced to go to Egypt in search of a treatment, but the hope of regaining his sight seems far-fetched, according to his father, who says that “his life has completely turned upside down. He sees the world in one color.” That the family be able to enroll their son in a school for people with special needs, and there are some schools specialized in the field in the sector.

"(Mohammed) asked me to go to school, but I was not able to allow him because of his health conditions, and out of concern for his psyche," the mother told AFP. (Sumaya) takes a notebook and a pen from her son's blue bag, and puts them in his hands and says: "I won't make him feel inferior, I want to help him but I don't know how to do it."

And the mother continues, before tears roll down her eyes while holding her son in her arms: "I will teach him at home until we find him the right school, but that is not good for myself or (Mohammed)'s."

The parents are concerned about their child's psychological stability, and the father explains how the new disability has made him moody.

After Muhammad's injury, the family was forced to go to Egypt in search of a treatment, but the hope of regaining his sight seems out of reach, according to his father, who says that "his life has been completely turned upside down, and he has begun to see the world in one color."

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