Saturday, December 23, 2006

hassoun's little hands


A few days ago Mohamed came by with his little nephew Hassoun. I had just put on some tea and was waiting for Mohamed to ring the door bell when I saw this little mop of hair sneak past my kitchen. There was curious little Hassoun peaking around my apartment. My mind could not process what must be going through Mohamed’s. Just weeks earlier his three other nephews Osama, Ahmed and Salam had been climbing on his lap and holding onto his legs the way Hassoun was today. The cute little boy looked so similar to his cousins that had been murdered just two weeks prior. What had lead this place into such darkness?

Mohamed gave up most of his tea because Hassoun was drinking his like a drug and every time he would empty his little glass he would demand more from uncle Mohamed. Then he would reach for the cookies take a bite and then put them back in the cookie box. Next Hassoun spilled his tea, he was trying to hold the cup with just one hand like the grown ups, but his little hands were not quite big enough to go far enough around the cup to keep a grip on it.

My mind could not process what must be going through Mohamed’s. Just weeks earlier his three other nephews Osama, Ahmed and Salam had been climbing on his lap and holding onto his legs the way Hassoun was today. The cute little boy looked just like Osama the oldest of the three.

3 comments:

Nathanael said...

Do you have any ideas of practical things that people in the US can do to promote peace/stability where you are?

tabula gaza said...

keep up with the ongoings in gaza and the region, spread the truth and be a part of a campaign to inform the world of an unknown reality that will sooner or later affect us all more than they already do today.

these people are your neighbors.

Julie said...

Believe me, many of us are trying. I am one

This is yet another sad story of the multitude coming from Gaza.

How depressing to say a few weeks ago his three nephews were there but now two have been murdered. I don't think many Americans could conceive that picture....or Americans living in the nicest neighborhoods anyway

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