I am Juslin Akram, a 16-year-old from Palestine, Gaza. Palestine is an Arab country in the Middle East that has been occupied by Israeli army’s since 1948 and still is today. For Palestinians, peace is different. You feel helpless when so many young women and men die in war, when most of your people suffer from poverty, when people —especially women—do not even have their basic rights and struggle to survive.
For us, peace is not being attacked and not living in a war zone. Peace is not hearing the sounds of bombs constantly and not seeing little kids lose their families to war. Peace is being safe wherever you go and living without the fear of being killed or bombed at any second. For Palestinians, peace is being able to safely pray in Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
For us, peace is having the basic necessities of life. Peace is access to electricity and pure water without daily cutout. Peace is equality between men and women. Finally, peace is when we have our FREEDOM!
Personally, I have passed through three wars, lived every detail of them and heard the sound of every bombing. I know how it feels to run from your home. The whole world needs peace in all its ways and definitions! So let’s unite to spread peace all around the world.