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Childhood Denied ~ by @YousefMunayyer

Occupied Palestine | فلسطين

Thursday October 03, 2013 13:19 by Yousef Munayyer – IMEMC.News – Intifada Palestine

Childhood is a beautiful and strange thing. Before we truly learn how precious it is, it is already over. For many Palestinians living under Israeli military occupation childhood ends even earlier than you’d think.

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The commonplace elements of a child’s life in Palestine, which under normal circumstances would be filled with school books, football and games with friends, is instead interrupted by the harsh realities of occupation that include soldiers, checkpoints, walls, discrimination and racism.

When childhood ends for a Palestinian under occupation is impossible to tell. Many who try to carry on with a normal life under the circumstances hope to enjoy the innocence of youth without having it shattered by the oppressive regime that surrounds them. Not all are so lucky. Atta Sabbath is one of them.

I spend more time than most focused on…

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