Mona Abu Yousef is studying education at Al Aqsa University, Gaza, Palestine

“During the last war on Gaza, our house was completely destroyed. Today, we live in a small house of one room for the whole family. This difficult situation negatively affected my academic achievement. I almost had to drop out my studying because of the economic situation which reached the worst level after the war. However, MECA scholarship was a lifeline for me to overcome these miserable situations and continue my studying. The most horrible moment in my life was when we had to flee from our homes. I think people throughout the world would learn a lot about Palestinians if they just experienced one minute of war. Our only desire is to have the right to live, no more and no less. One minute can change everything in Gaza. Our dream is to have peace and safety.”