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Fady Abu Sultan, tea seller in Gaza
   
submitted by Arab Educational Institute
21.12.2006

A child in Gaza – Working to help his family live

December 20 2006 - Gaza City -- Fady Abu Sultan is a 14-year-old boy who goes to school in the morning like most every boy his age. He has his own dreams like all children, but Fady is not having an easy life; everything he wants is out of his reach.

What is normal for most families are parents who sustain their children, but Fady is the one who has been working for four years taking on this adult role. Fady lives in the Beach Camp in Gaza City with nine family members. He has four brothers and three sisters. His father is chronically ill and cannot work. To help his family, Fady decided to enter the workforce. As his options to work are very limited, he decided to work selling cups of tea. "Four years ago (when I was ten years old), my father got sick and the monthly salary earned by my older brother [a security force member] could not cover our family's basic needs. Our family was experiencing hunger. Then I told my family that I wanted to help out by selling tea. They told me this would be difficult to do while attending school. I responded that I could carry the work load of school and work. So now, I go to school in the morning and work from afternoon until late at night," Fady explained. Fady takes his school books and notes with him to study at work in the street. "I try to organize between my homework and my work as a tea boy," he said.

Fady generally works more than six hours a day, six days a week. He tries to finish his homework as early as possible to have more time to sell tea and gain more income. He said, "I sell a plastic cup of tea for half a Shekel (one US Dollar = 4.20 Shekels). I sell about 25 cups of tea everyday I work." For working about 40 hours a week in addition to his school work, Fady earns almost $18 US Dollars. When Fady goes home late at night, he gives the money to his mother. He dreams to have the normal things that all youngsters want. "I want to have a bicycle, but I need more than two hundred Shekels ($46 US Dollars) to buy one. It's not a small amount for me."

Fady lives in an environment full of violence and sadness. "A few days ago, three children close to my own age were killed. I was sad when I heard about it. When I see people holding guns, I become worried. Guns are everywhere. Israelis attack from above with planes and some Palestinians are shooting each other by using guns in Gaza. I hate guns. I hate killing." Fady has his own dreams. He does not want to quit school and wants to study at a police academy. "I want to be a policeman. I want to protect children. Gaza is devastated and I want to work to make it a better place when I become older."

"I hate guns. I hate killing… " By these words, Fady coveys a message of hope to the world. This is an example of a boy who lives under very hard circumstances in Gaza where children are not thinking of games or having fun, but sadly guns and killing are all that occupies their thoughts today.


From: Press Release Caritas Jerusalem, December 21, 2006

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