Aysha al-Azzeh

I’m 13 years old. I live in Tel Rumeida neighborhood. I like arm wrestling with my friends. I always win. I usually choose the weak ones and work my way up. The most important part of my day is going to school together with them. I invite them over to my house to see what life is like here. I want the whole world to know about the situation. My neighbors are Israeli settlers. It makes life difficult. Three days ago, the settlers beat my sister. At the same time, the settlers pressed a machine gun against my leg. In any moment, they could have killed me, so I left and circled around so I could stay close to my sister. I’ve been hit before but never had a machine gun so close to shooting me. Now I’m okay. This is life.

- Aysha al-Azzeh