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Ayman Nijim speaks on Trauma in Gaza; Jamaica Plain - Boston

  • 633 Centre St Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts 02130 United States (map)

Co-sponsored by First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain and Jewish Voice for Peace Boston

Please plan to come hear Ayman speak about the horrific situation in Gaza, past and present. He is only in Boston one night as he hopes to fly out to Cairo on Wednesday.

Ayman Nijim, a lifelong resident of Gaza, is currently a student in the CONTACT (Conflict Transformation Across Cultures) Certificate Program in Vermont. Living in constricted circumstances, Ayman has never been to Jerusalem, or anywhere in Israel or the West Bank. Unlike most Gaza residents, however, he has studied abroad, receiving a Bachelor of Translation degree from Al-Mustansiriyah University in Iraq in 2005 and a “higher diploma” in trauma healing from the Faculty of International Trauma Treatment Program in Olympia, Washington.

Ayman currently works as a consultant and grant writer with grassroots organizations in Gaza, accompanies international delegations offering mental health training in Gaza, and created and supervises “Let Them Play and Heal,” a program providing psychosocial support for children through drama, song, laughter, and dance. He additionally manages women’s classes for traumatized children (in conjunction with other organizations) and works on human rights for the citizens of Gaza. In his spare time, Ayman enjoys spending the day with his wife Samah, daughter Malak, and son Kareem.