Live After Quit

“A Narrow Window of Hope: My Harrowing Escape from Gaza

Despite being a place full of life and hope, Gaza is often in the news for violence and civil unrest. For many Gazans, living in extreme conditions for such a prolonged amount of time has become a way of life. When violence broke out in Gaza in 2014, I was one of the lucky few to escape to a safe haven. As the sound of helicopters filled the air and sounds of destruction echoed through the streets, I began my journey to freedom with little more than the clothes on my back. I set out on my own at midnight, trekking through several miles of rough terrain that included almost impassable mountainous roads that I had to climb. I was terrified, and all I could do was keep pressing forward, moving forward in the dark of night, with only the stars as my guide. When I reached the outskirts of town, I was able to hitch a ride with a smuggler who drove me through the night to get to the border. Despite the danger, I knew I had no choice but to take the risk, or else I would never get out alive. My journey was incredibly dangerous and filled with peril, but I was overcome with an unwavering spirit and strong sense of faith, which kept me pressing ahead until I eventually made it out. When I reached the border, I was welcomed with open arms by my family on the other side. After the exhaustion and fear of my journey, I was relieved to finally see a safe place. Fleeing from Gaza was probably the most difficult, but also the most eye-opening experience of my life. It taught me about the strength and determination of the human spirit, and will remain with me for the rest of my life.