My family tries to be strong, but I can see the fear through their eyes. I have one little brother who is seven years old. He used to be a very active boy, but now he prefers to stay beside my mom and all his drawings are about the violence and about children being hurt. He has lost his appetite for food and play. We try to help him not be afraid, we always read him stories and play with him so he can forget what is going on outside.

Maissa Abdul-halim Abu Samra, a member of our youth leadership program in Gaza. As the hostilities between Israel and Gaza bring increased airstrikes and escalating violence, members of our youth leadership program in Gaza are sharing how the conflict is affecting their lives.

Read more stories from young people in Gaza.

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