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Mohammed Al Moqayad

(Jabalia Camp- Gaza strip )

During the 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict, Israel artillery reportedly hit an UNWRA school in Jabalia Camp, killing at least 15 Palestinians sheltering there. A UN spokesman stated: “Last night, children were killed as they slept next to their parents on the floor of a classroom in a UN-designated shelter in Gaza. Children killed in their sleep; this is an affront to all of us, a source of universal shame. Today the world stands disgraced.

 

Deaf and dumb Palestinian Artist who came out of womb of the suffering to send a message to the world through his art and paintings. The abstract, formative and cube artist is a young man in his twenties. He is mute, deaf and suffers from half blindness. He lives in Jabalia refugee camp within a poor family of two young men and three girls. Mohammed and his family live in a simple partial destroyed house consisting of two rooms, kitchen and bathroom. The house is partial destroyed because of the last war and the delayed reconstruction.

Although the health situation, difficult family circumstances, and the atmosphere of the camp but that Mohammed was able to be an example of hope, challenge and insist. He was able to reach many people through his art, sense and clear message through his paintings. As Youth School used to help and promote youth talents, it visited Mohammed in 2012. Having known some members of Youth School on this jewel that deserves to be a role model of many, it provided him a laptop. Mohammed used his laptop in publishing his paintings using a wider range of social networking sites. Now, he has about 2000 friends and followers on FaceBook who always encourage and support him. Youth School is back to visit Mohammed again and see the change that happened in his life over the last three years. Given the recent war in Gaza and its negative impact on all the people of Gaza strip, there was no evolution in the life of Mohammed, just more paintings that reflect the emotions and inner feelings. Some of his paintings suggest the revolution, honor of heritage, the need of calm or moment of serenity. Or it may reflect his internal conflict of resentment of the political situation. These messages are clear through his paintings The smile of Mohammed which never leaves his lips was the most beautiful thing in the visit. It is really true when it is said “What the worst poverty , and what a beautiful poor “. When I asked Muhammed about his simplest dream he waved to his mother meaning few things She interpreted saying “  My son dreams of having a simple camera and full range of oil colors, brushes, and wood based panel. His greatest dream is to rebuild his room and provide it with lighting. Mohammed is one of too many stories of resilience in Gaza. Despite suffering, he kept the smile on his lips. Despite the surrounding circumstances, he was able to produce a wonderful art which obtains viewers impressive.