“House and houses” was my favorite childhood game; in which we acted as mom or dad living in a house we built with rocks. One was not enough and we kept building until we had many houses where we served a special kind of food made from clay and decorated with plants and flowers. From our imagined homes we then began our play in a theater of wide open dreamlands! Nowadays everything has changed; modern buildings are all that we see and the electronic games are all that we have; but nothing has changed in the Palestinian Refugee Camps where they have neither electronic games nor land! Silence was all that I could hear, when suddenly the sky was lit up with colorful lights and booming sounds, I ran out of my bed to see what was happening; it wasn’t fireworks but our neighbor’s house was being completely destroyed and israeli soldiers where there demanding us to empty our houses or threatening to destroy them over our heads! “Am I in Palestine?” I said amidst my confusion, I started shouting but no one could hear me. “Get up fufu, it’s time to go to work”; it was one of my nightmares!! LAND is not only a 4-letter word, it is (L=Life) (A=Aim) (N=NO.13) (D=Democracy), Jordan is my motherland but Palestine is my real HOMELAND. Could I play in my homeland one day! Could 2010 be the year of love and peace that make my dreams come true?
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