July 25, 2010
Laughter in War
There's laughter and despair in a war zone, Gaza. Yesterday, Thursday, July 22, 2010, more than seven thousand children in the Gaza Strip-yack dribble a basketball for five minutes without stopping.
They hope that this action could be recorded in a world record, Guinness Book of World Records.
Children from all over the Gaza region was taken by bus to the Gaza International Airport, to attend the event "dribel mass" is.
Event full of optimism was held against the background of the ruined buildings. Gaza International Airport near the town of Rafah has been closed and repeatedly bombed by Israel since 2000. After the withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza in 2005, Israeli warships continue to bomb the airport as a target of military exercises.
When the music sounded from the loudspeakers, Gaza children awaiting orders from the committee before the start of each dribble.
A spokesman for the United Nations (UN) - as the organizer of the event - says more 7203 children completed their dribble. It was observed from 200 monitors which exposed the children.
As stated made it through five minutes, bouncing the ball with success reflecting, laughter broke out. Children throw the ball the air as an expression of joy.
This activity is one of the summer camp program for approximately 250 thousand children held by the UN Gaza. UN and Hamas groups periodically hold a summer camp, to compete for the hearts and minds of the successor generation of Gaza.
UN tries to nurture hope for the future which would be better through games and fun activities.
Meanwhile, Hamas organized camper taught the doctrine, and military activities, horseback riding, swimming, and Islamic teachings.
According to Hamas, Gaza approximately 100 thousand children will participate in their camper this year.
Almost half of the 1.5 million Gazans are children under 15 years old.