Le Petit Prince By Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD

How can we learn from children dealing with adversity? There were many images that shock us almost daily. The Palestinian child splayed on the beach in Gaza with his tiny body ripped by Israeli bullets.

In 2015 it was of a Syrian child with the same pose, face down in the sand having drowned in the Mediterranean. About the same time, Palestinian children where being killed (two were burned alive) How much pain can people take?

How can we think of the dictatorial leaders of countries like the very rich Arab gulf states and Egypt closing their eyes to this suffering which they help perpetuate. We can reflect on these painful episodes of man’s inhumanity to fellow human beings. We can focus on the greed and the corruption and the cruelty that we face daily (five Palestinians killed here during the two days of Christmas).

But I really do not want to do that any more. As this year comes to a close and a new year begins, I reflect on value of good deeds and then reflect on other living children.

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