This drawing by eight year old Palestinian Sahar Mansour was created in 1988 during the first Intifada (Uprising), against the illegal Israeli occupation of the West Bank. In the drawing Sahar tells us what it's like to live under a foreign military occupation... she calls her autobiographical drawing, "Tear Gas in my Eyes." Sahar drew herself standing on the streets of her hometown, with boys in the distance leading a demonstration for an independent Palestine. Unseen Israeli Soldiers have responded with tear gas bombs, which explode at the young Girl's feet. Sahar's inflamed eyes have closed shut from the stinging gas, so she can no longer see. But the question really is... can WE see Sahar's suffering and the anguish of her people?
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