Palestine – Moderate turnout at entertainment places on Eid
Location: Jabalia Camp – Gaza – Palestine
Source: A24 in Gaza
Restrictions: A24 subscribers
Moderate turnout at entertainment places of children in Gaza wishing to have fun during Eid al-Adha and escape their harsh reality. Children from Jabalia camp for Palestinian refugees in Gaza expressed joy on Eid, despite being unable to play freely due to the lack of entertainment places and parks.
The owners of recreational and seasonal businesses attributed the low turnout of children to entertainment places during Eid to the deteriorating economic conditions in Gaza, lack of job opportunities and interruption of employee salaries. They added that the situation this year is worse than previous years.
Soundbite (Tamer Abu Jalila – Owner of playground sets):
“Today I am here to bring jot to the children. I have been in this business for about 8 years. Every Eid we open the playground for 3 days for the children to come and play. Last season was better, as there are not many children this year. We want young children to have more fun and play in bigger places such as parks. We want the blockade on Gaza to be lifted.”
Soundbite (Ahmed Abu Nasr – Owner of playground sets):
“I work here during holidays managing playground sets including swings. Today I was barely able to make enough to pay for the playground equipment, because turnout is very low this season. People are suffering from difficult living conditions, including lack of salaries, low income, salary cuts, and high unemployment rate.”
Soundbite (Young girl Amal)
“We are here to play games and have fun. As Palestinian children, we have the right to have fun and enjoy life.”
Soundbite (Young girl Bissan):
“Children of Palestine want to be happy on Eid. We want to play and have fun, to feel the joy of Eid.”
Soundbite (Young girl Jalila):
“Happy Eid to all. I came today to play and have a good time. As a Palestinian, I have the right to have fun and enjoy life”