Much of what once was all thought was lost, “Gaza has fallen into the shadow” all believed. The grey curtains of this world never left Gaza’s sky neither in summer nor in winter for almost five years, the sun was veiled, and the moon was dark. A fierce storm hit Gaza out of the blue in 2008, and then Gaza became the true wasteland of the 21st century, ‘all blasted, all wasted.’
A candle light shone through the gloom brought much hope and anticipation with it. The hopeless were the first to contribute, and the fearless were there to help. Together, hand in hand, Gaza was rebuilt again from scratch.
The grey clouds almost all turned into a transparent, pure glass. And then I saw it. All reflected on the new glorious clouds, not shapes of bunnies and rabbits as we used to see when we were little children. But life. I saw a new life, a new beginning and a new road that has long been untrodden, now ready to be tread by those confident and standing tall.
Indeed, if you ask me to describe Gaza in one word I would say and with no much hesitation “Phoenix,” that mythical mighty bird rising from the ashes, heading towards the sun stronger than it was and ready for the obstacles that will be.
Gaza if I might say, is truly living a state of metaphorical rebirth and resurrection. Where ever you turn your head, you’ll find a home that is being rebuilt and where ever you look, you’ll find a hand dying to give help.
I am not trying to romanticize the situation Gaza is experiencing. It is just that recently I have been introduced to the concept of optimism, for I have not been much familiar with it.
Schools, homes, hotels, restaurants, roads, universities…etc. all are going through rehabilitation. They are being rebuilt, reconstructed, and recreated.
Last week my friends and I went on a field trip with the university. We passed through the coastline to the north and what I saw as we passed is the reason why I wrote this blog post. I saw new spas, redeveloped stables, upcoming malls and much more.
Much of what once was is almost all found, and more, all recognize. “Gaza is rising towards immortality” all hope. Still, “There are some things that time cannot mend. Some hurts that go too deep, that have taken hold.”