Life Through Her Eyes :24

Dare to Dream 

*Palestinian testimonies, when asked about their dream 

- My dream? I have too many…
My biggest dream is to go back in time and change everything. 

- I dream of a free Palestine, and to become a swimmer. 

- For every Palestinian in the world to have a normal life just like everyone else. 

- My dream is very simple, to be able to visit my grandfather’s house in occupied Jaffa. 

- To be able to live safely in my own homeland, to live in a place where I'm comfortable without feeling oppressed or that someone is going to hurt me. 

- My dream is to become a lawyer, so I can release all prisoners including my brother. 

- My only dream is to have all nations of the world to come to the city of Jerusalem while I tell them about Palestinian heritage and history. 

- My dream is to become a ballet dancer. 

- As a young Palestinian, I dream of the day when we as Palestinian youth can participate in international festivals and conferences.

About the Author

Rand is a 26-year-old Palestinian. She is the youngest of four children; she finished her undergraduate studies at Bir Zeit University, Ramallah, Palestine. During her university years, Rand grew more interested in the humanitarian structure and the Palestinian cause from a humanitarian point of view. Through volunteering and networking, Rand received many pieces of training in crisis management, and emergency navigation, as well as, humanitarian structure, signature, and localization allowing her to employ her knowledge in her career and as a volunteer with many local and international humanitarian organizations. Moreover, Rand is a very expressive artistic person who attempts to share her human experience through pen and brush. She is captivated by sunsets and Palestinian beauty.

All photos in the series are by Rand.