Aya al-Astal



Nine year old Aya was shot dead because she got too close to the border. Umm Yousef tells the story here. Some are saying that we will never know the true story of what happened but I say, let Aya stand for all the children who died that day. They died because there was no food for them to eat; they died from drinking dirty water; they died due to the lack of medical care; but, more than anything else, they died as the result of conflict. In the world today children are the only innocent ones, the rest of us are culpable to some extent. May walls, fences, borders, barriers of all kinds, become history one day but how can that happen until the biggest barriers of all begin to crumble, the barriers in our hearts and minds?

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