QUARANTINE - DAY 24 - 29th March 2020
As Bethlehem enters day 24 of quarantine and people in the UK are finding ways to fill their housebound days, I told my wise friend living in Bethlehem, that I had started making sourdough bread every day. She advised "Note: in curfew you eat more and more and more.. so you are going to gain weight."
Eighteen-year-old Rawan Raslan, in her final year of secondary school, speaks of her thoughts and studies:
Quarantine because of disease was not familiar to us in the beginning. Everyone thought it would be for a short time ("إبنُ ساعته") but with the onset of these hard times everyone began to retreat into their homes and seek safety. Indeed, no one had anticipated the large scale spread of this epidemic, nor would we have ever believed how our lives would be so affected in such a devastating way.
I will talk about my experience: I am a student in my last year of school, taking new steps towards new thresholds and towards a new life with so many new and as yet unknown experiences and opportunities ahead. I had thought about all the worst case scenarios that could possibly happen this year, but not in my wildest imagination could I have thought that this would happen.
When we heard about the cancellation of our graduation ceremony, I didn't know what to say and I felt that all my hopes and dreams had been destroyed. It is common when the ceremony is near - in the first half of the year - for low achieving students to double their efforts in order to achieve the dreams they have always been waiting for - as do outstanding students.
As for public life, each of us has become an island in his own safe haven; we do not see anyone, we do not speak to anyone, and each of us has become isolated because of this horror of our times. I am completely confident that we will overcome this epidemic with the resoluteness of our people.
The blackness will inevitably go away, and green will creep gradually over the world again and return to the stolen homeland.
Photo courtesy of Majd Abusrour