Author: Haneen Abo Soad
Haneen, 24, studied secretarial skills at Al-Aqsa University, but then got married at the age of 19--too young, she says--and quickly had two children. Thus, Haneen wants to dedicate her writing to empowering other young women to be strong and stand for themselves. She "feeds her soul" by writing, and dreams of being free one day to be her own person.

These days, I hear everyone talk desperately about leaving Gaza (except they say “damned Gaza”). The people of Gaza have lived through three brutal wars and we have had enough. Life in Gaza is a vicious circle and we are getting dizzy from the endless cycle of violence and boredom. (More…)