IPCI WELCOMES THE SHAMSAAN PALESTINES PROJECT
Written by: Shanice Pillay
The Islamic Propagation Centre International (IPCI) hosted the Shamsaan (two suns in Arabic) Palestine’s Project and Youth Delegation today.
For 50 years, Israel has occupied Palestine territories. The project sees 13 young Palestine’s share their triumph over adversity against the Israeli soldiers in Palestine.
Their voices are depicted in a 2018 Shamsaan calendar which depicts their life stories.
The project itself asked young people to talk about their personal lives through an interview and were encouraged to do a drawing which led to their ideas coming to life.
One of them is Jenna Ayyad (11), the youngest citizen journalist in the world, who said that the calendar made its way for children to show their voices.
“The calendar made a way for Palestine children to show their stories to the world,” said Ayyad.
She added that she wants the next generation to come together to make a change.
“Palestine is a holy land for Muslims, Christians and Jews, our problem is with the Zionists people. I wish that we our generation would take hand to hand to create a world of peace, love and equality,” said Ayyad.
Nadia Meer, director of the Shamsaan Project, said that the idea behind the project is essentially to give a voice to young Palestinians.
“The aim is for the to speak directly to the world, they are here in South Africa now to speak to young South Africans, to educate them on what is happening in Palestine, but more importantly how it impacts them and their lives,” said Meer.
Zeenat Ebrahim, one of the attendees at the event, said that it was insightful and informative to know what is happening in other parts of the world.
*Caption: World’s Youngest Citizen Journalist, 11-year-old Jenna Ayyad and her mom.