‘The Coronavirus Finally Gave the World a Chance to Feel What We Gazans Have Always Felt’
Leaving the Gaza Strip was the only thing Randa could think of for an entire year after finishing university. Months of unsuccessful job hunting depressed the 23-year-old English literature graduate, whose bachelor’s degree had been achieved at the expense of her family’s savings. She spent most of her days in her room, looking for a way out of the besieged Palestinian enclave.
Now, as countries tackle the COVID-19 pandemic by issuing the most draconian measures, Gazans like Randa are watching on as people around the world find themselves in a state of lockdown. Or as Gazans call it, reality.
“The coronavirus finally gave the world a chance to feel what we have always felt,” says Randa, self-isolating in her new home in the United Kingdom.
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