My name is Khalil, and I grew up in the Gaza Strip. My life in Gaza is defined by the illegal Israeli blockade, and the violence and oppression it has brought into my life and the lives of my loved ones.
Living through war means suffering through bombing and its consequent trauma. Living through peace means having my right of movement restricted, which makes it immensely difficult to achieve any I plan or dream of doing. However, I’ve always kept dreaming of a better future for myself and my people.
Education and learning are the pillars on which I built my morals. So far, this pillar has survived even the cruelties of the Gaza blockade.
In 2018, I was accepted to a Master’s program at the SOAS University in London. However, I could not attend because of an Israeli siege on Gaza. My dream to meet the city of London in person collapsed.
In 2019: I was accepted to a Master’s program at the University of Johannesburg. I could not attend due to a drastic blow in my health.
In October 2019, I received a diagnosis that changed my life forever. I was diagnosed with Epithelioid hemangioma cancer, which is a very rare kind of cancer. It took us two and a half years to discover this because we do not have a proper health system in Gaza.
- Due to lack of medical equipment in the Gaza Strip, I embarked on a gruelling bureaucratic journey in order to be referred to an East Jerusalem hospital. What should have been a journey of two hours from Gaza to Jerusalem ultimately took me 45 days, all the while the cancer was spreading throughout my body. This lengthy and terrible struggle to access medical care was due to Israeli rule and the draconic bureaucracy it imposes upon the residents of Gaza.
In the end, I underwent three dangerous surgeries and surprisingly “came back to life”, as my doctors said.
Since my recovery, I have not stopped trying to pursue my dream of studying Literary and Cultural Studies, but leaving the besieged Gaza Strip has proved impossible for me. Even with all the obstacles in my way, I refuse to give up.
I want to overcome the siege and continue my studies. The only way to do so given my current restrictions is to do an online Master’s degree. However, I lack the funds to cover the cost of my studies. The average cost of an online master from the UK is around 15,000 Euro, around 16,800 dollars. Please consider donating to this fund to help me achieve my dream of a higher education.
Every donation makes a change, every donation matters and has a real impact on my dream no matter how small it is!
It is because I am living in Palestine- Gaza Strip that I am highly motivated to study, understand, think critically, and try to take part in challenging oppressive regimes. I have been a human rights activist for more than seven years. I am the coordinator of many cultural activities such as the online concerts that we did in France and South Africa, I have also participated in many groups such as Return Solidarity. I was a leading figure in students' activism all over my study years.
If I cannot leave Gaza to further my studies, then I must keep challenging the system and bring the UK’s opportunities to the heart of Gaza. I have this dream the same way Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and other visionaries had their own dreams.
The opportunity to leave Gaza to a safer place, even just virtually, fills me with happiness. With your help, I hope to achieve my dream of furthering my studies in order to make a change in the world and to help the oppressed wherever they are.