Kites flown in Gaza for disaster-hit Japan region

Children in the Gaza Strip, Palestine, flew hand-made kites on Thursday and prayed for the restoration of the northeastern areas in Japan that were struck by a tsunami and an earthquake in March, 2011.

The kite-flying event in Gaza has been held annually since 2012, with the exception of 2020, when it was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, or UNRWA, runs schools for Palestinian children and organizes the kite-flying event.

Sixteen children from elementary and junior high schools built with financial assistance from Japan took part in the event this year.

One of the students said he was thinking about the people who were affected by the tsunami, while he was flying his kite. He said he is always grateful for the medical assistance and other aid that Japan gives Palestine.

In the Gaza Strip, which has a population of two million, 60,000 people have been infected with the coronavirus. Frequent power failures and poor internet connections have made it hard to provide online educational materials and classes. Staggered attendance is a measure that has been implemented at schools to prevent students from being crowded into small spaces. But the measure has sharply reduced the number of days that each student can go to school.