A Child’s View from Gaza visit to Vancouver

During the tour’s visit to Vancouver on March 9-15, the Child’s View from Gaza Committee organized 7 different exhibits of the 24 drawings in 6 different locations ending in a 3 day exhibit at the BCTF AGM. Other venues included the Unitarian Church, People’s Coop Bookstore, Interurban Art Galley, Langara Community College, Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia.

The opening evening at the Unitarian Church was attended by over 200 people. Speakers included Barbara Lubin, Executive Director of the Middle East Children’s Alliance who had just returned from Gaza and a videotaped interview with Dr. Eyad Sarraj, President of the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme.

Dr. Sarraj’s interview was especially commissioned by the ACVFG committee and arrived in Vancouver electronically just 4 hours before the opening event. It featured an up-to-date assessment of the impact of the occupation on the children of Gaza. The video will be part of the touring exhibit throughout Canada over the next 6 months.

Video Interview with Dr. Eyad Al-Sarraj premieres at Vancouver opening of “Child’s View from Gaza”

The following video, produced by Pam Bailey, presents Dr. Eyad al-Sarraj, President of the Gaza Community Mental Health Program. Dr. al-Sarraj discusses “The Future for Gaza’s Children,” and the psychological and social impact of war and siege. This video was created for the Vancouver exhibition of “A Child’s View in Gaza” and is welcome to be shown at other exhibitions and events internationally.

March 9 opening event for the “A Child’s View from Gaza” art exhibition in Vancouver, BC featuring Barbara Lubin

Barbara Lubin, Founder and Executive Director of the Middle East Children’s Alliance, is a life-long peace, justice and disability rights activist. Since 1988 Barbara has regularly traveled to Palestine and has led nearly twenty delegations of North Americans to Palestine/Israel, Iraq, and Lebanon. She has lectured on the issue of Middle East politics and the plight of the children in the region to dozens of schools, universities, conferences, religious institutions and community groups. Barbara’s current presentation focuses on the impact of Israel’s occupation and siege on children in Gaza. Barbara visited the besieged Gaza Strip twice in 2009 and her presentation incorporates many of her own photos and eyewitness testimonies. Film by Jase Tanner.

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