Author Archives: Shahd Abusalama

About Shahd Abusalama

Shahd Abusalama, 21, is a Palestinian artist, a blogger and an English literature student living in Gaza City, Palestine.

‘My family is living through hell’: Samer Issawi speaks from jail

As the rain pounds continuously and the winds howl uncontrollably, Samer Issawi dominates my mind. I think back to my 24 hours of hunger strike on Monday, which caused me a terrible headache leaving me unable to focus on my studies for my final exams; I observe how very few people walk outside and how even fewer cars drive past my house. Then I think of Samer and I can’t but look to him with utter admiration and respect – proud of his shocking ability to refuse food for 168 days. My admiration for him made me give Samer’s dire situation priority over my studies and draw him a portrait.

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