and I’m still crying 2 hours later.
My friend Noorah and her two crew members have left for Gaza less than three hours ago. They are part of the British convoy who is driving all the way to Gaza to deliver humanitarian aid; ambulances, fire engines, clothes, medicines, generators…
So early this morning I have followed her car, which was bursting at the seams with blankets, clothes etc., to Hyde Park where there were already quite a few cars and ambulances ready for the big adventure.
Mashallah the atmosphere was one I have never experienced before. Everyone was smiling and obviously excited despite the freezing cold. The camaraderie was palpable throughout the day. Muslims and no Muslims were there to see ‘history in the making’. The media people were also there of course.
I think is best if I share my pictures with you and shut my mouth now. I’m getting quite emotional again so I better keep myself busy before I start crying again. I can not stop thinking of the old sweet couple holding hands in one of the little buses smiling as they drove off, asking us to make dua for them and the afghani brother all by himself driving this huge lorry full.
Oh just one more thing, my friend Noorah had the best sent off ever. Everyone was cheering her on, clapping, waving Palestinian flags, letting poppers off, crying, chanting Noorah, Noorah.
Oh and the first few pics were taking in my schools playground as the children decorated the car. What an experience for my class that was. It is ‘very real’ for them because Noorah’s daughter is in my class. So all day yesterday I was teaching /learning around the viva palestina topic. I will not bore you with it but just a few examples…we did geography by looking at the route, what countries they are going through, capitals, presidents…We did numeracy by comparing distances, kilometres, what days where…So you get the idea 😆 Lots of du’as, hadith, coran. I really believe that the children learn much more when it’s meaningful to them.
Ok, ok here is the pictures, enjoy. Oh just one more thing, please make du’as for my friend and all those in the convoy, that they arrive there safely and that the right people benefit, ameen.