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REFORM in times of crisis

What do you do when the war puts restrictions on how you do your job? For project coordinator Esra Obaid in REFORM, with an office in the West Bank, she and her colleagues had to think in new ways. The answer was training volunteers who in turn teach other volunteers how to protect themselves from explosives - both when they rain down around you, but also what to do when you find them undetonated on the ground. Other volunteers learn about, and away, how to take care of your psyche when you experience bombs falling around you when you go to sleep, but also how to process all the inhuman impressions a war leaves in your mind.

Creative solutions

REFORM is a Palestinian organization and partner of Norwegian People's Aid. They usually work for inclusion and cohesion in society, and to empower the local population to take part in political processes and help shape decisions that affect society.

When the war broke out, most of the organization had to change the way they worked to support Palestinians affected by the ongoing aggression on Gaza, but also on the West Bank. For communications officer Hala Morrar, it was about creating content for social media that informs about the situation daily. But as the days passed and more volunteers were trained, it also became important to document their work.

Portrettbilde av Hala Morrar
Mai Afifa holder kurs om beskyttelse under krig
Barn sitter i en ring og rekker opp hånden
Jameel Obaid i felt
Jameel Obaid har opplæring i hvordan man beskytter seg for en familie
Portrettbilde av Esra Obaid
But what has perhaps surprised me the most is that when we have role-playing games with men, the men often choose the female role to express the feelings they have, Obaid adds.
Bayan Hazem Musleh maler på kinnet til en liten gutt
Bayan Hazem Musleh står ved en bil og ser i kameraet
Liten jente med en palestinsk flagg på kinnet smiler
Bayan Hazem Musleh maler et palestinsk flagg på kinnet til en jente