Saturday May 16, 2015
Albuquerque, NM 87106
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A Gazan child trauma specialist and local Palestinian activist speak on humanitarian crises in Gaza.
What: Presentation by Ayman Nijim and Samia Assed, on Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza
Who: Friends of Khuza’a, Albuquerque
Where: Albuquerque Mennonite Church, 1300 Girard Blvd.
When: May 16, 2015, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Why: To raise funds to assist Khuza’a, Gaza, in rebuilding kindergarten and water system
Cost: Donations, in any amount, go to rebuilding kindergarten and well
Contacts: Chava Tuckman, 505-450-1343, firstname.lastname@example.org
Samia Assed, 505-492-6923; Bayan Jaber, 505-948-0087; (or log on to http://WWW.MECAFORPEACE.ORG/blog/my-visitkhuza’-Village)
Albuquerque, New Mexico, May 16, 2015 – Ayman Nijim, child trauma specialist from Gaza and Samia Assed, local Palestinian activist will speak about the continuing impact of occupation and the Israeli invasion during the summer of 2014, on families living in Gaza, especially on women and children.
This program is a benefit for the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) and Friends of Khuza’a, a Gazan town near the Israeli border. Friends of Khuza’a is working with MECA, an organization that has the capacity to deliver humanitarian relief to Khuza’a. Funds raised at this event will serve to rebuild a kindergarten and to restore clean, safe drinking water to the besieged residents of this community.
Palestinian physician Dr. Mona El-Farra, originally scheduled to speak at the event has said, “Whole neighborhoods and villages have been wiped off the map." The doctor was denied a visa to leave Gaza, the world’s largest open air prison according to many experts. The UN Human Rights Council is currently investigating Israeli war crimes against Khuza’a. Their community infrastructure was wiped out during the bombardments and ground incursion and an unknown number of people were killed.
The event coincides with Nakba Day, commemorating the “catastrophe” for hundreds of thousands of Palestinians displaced from homes and villages in 1947-1948 as a result of the establishment of the state of Israel.
Friends of Khuza’a, NM seeks to put a human face on the people of Gaza and foster solidarity between the village of Khuza’a and New Mexican communities.
Ayman Nijim, born and raised in Gaza, created and manages a psychosocial program for children suffering from trauma. He also established the projects “Let Them Practice their Rights,” and “Let the Children Play and Heal.” Nijim coordinates classes that train women how to help traumatized children.
Samia Assed, third-generation Palestinian-American, is a local business owner, community activist. As a board member of the Albuquerque Peace and Justice Center, she works with organizations that promote humanitarian rights.