Wednesday, April 24, 2024

“I’m not afraid”: Gaza’s 11-year-old reporter

11-year-old Sumayya Wushah, one of Gaza’s youngest journalists-in-the-making, says she is “not afraid” to report from the war-torn Strip, where more than 100 journalists have been killed by Israeli attacks since October 7.

“My mother and father were concerned when I started because they know that journalists are being targeted. But when they saw that I was determined to work in the field of journalism, they agreed,” she says to Al Jazeera.

Wushah says she was inspired to tell Palestinian stories by Al Jazeera’s Shireen Abu Akleh, a veteran journalist who was killed by Israeli snipers in Jenin.

”Even before the war, I dreamed to be a journalist and wanted to prove myself to the world. My role model is Shireen Abu Akleh. May God have mercy on her. I wanted to prove myself to the world like she did,” Wushah said.

”When I go out, I tell my mother and father that I am going out and I put my trust in God. I don’t know if I will be targeted while I am on my way, returning or even while I am filming,” she said.

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