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Mona ElFarra, Gaza


Mona is an educated physician and dermatologist ,and has lived and worked most of her life in Gaza City building cultural and health centers in Jabalia refugee camp and in Rafah. She is a beloved leader and activist, and is Vice-President of the Gazan Red Crescent Society. Her deepest passion lies with the children of Gaza, and she will be the first to tell you her work as Programs Director for the international Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) is at the heart of it all for her. “I really love the kids. It makes me feel like I can make real change in my country.”

Her home - the Gaza Strip - is a narrow piece of land along the Mediterranean between Israel and Egypt. Over 1.5 million people live in just 360 square kilometers of crowded towns and refugee camps, making Gaza one of the most densely populated areas of the world – and one of the most political and war-torn. And the path she has chosen for her life (or perhaps was chosen for her) is one that has brought her to the frontlines of war - “teaching children on the rubble” of collapsed buildings, activism with a human price tag, and a kind of faith-based Islam that sustains her.

In our time with Mona, we will explore how she has emerged to be the leader she is today and the kind of faith that holds her up. She brings a view of Islam that may be new to many Westerners, through her own eyes as a modern, educated woman serving a country she experiences as under constant siege.  Her personal decisions and interpretations of Islam are not so different from our own experiences, as “ free thinking” responsible adults. How much family, cultural, and religious traditions do we own and assimilate into our adult lives – so we remain true to our own authentic voice, still feel like we belong, and yet shape a world for ourselves that sustains us as women who trying to contribute to a better world?  Join Mona who is steadfast to her commitment to country, family, the children of Gaza – and to following her heart, no matter what.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 May 2011 20:09