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From Trauma to Hope in the Gaza Strip

Sun February 5, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EST

From Trauma to Hope

A Musical Benefit for The Gaza Community Mental Health Programme

Sunday, February 5, 2-3:30 PM

The First Parish Cambridge, Unitarian Universalist

3 Church Street in Harvard Square (Mikelson Room)




Director-General of the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme in the Gaza Strip


Renowned oud player and vocalist in classical Arabic music

The Gaza Community Mental Health Programme (GCMHP) is the leading Palestinian non-governmental organization providing mental health services to the Gaza Strip.   It was founded in 1990 by the late Eyad El-Sarraj, the recipient in 1997 of the first human rights award given by the Boston-based Physicians for Human Rights.  The psychiatrist Yasser Abu-Jamei became its head in 2014 following Dr. El-Sarraj’s death, and has ably steered the organization through devastating times.

Since Israel imposed its suffocating blockade on the Gaza Strip more than 15 years ago, its people have endured five major military attacks which have had a severe impact on the physical and psychological health of children and their caregivers.  During the 2014 onslaught, 28 members of Dr. Abu-Jamei’s extended family – including 19 children – were killed in a single missile strike and other GCMHP staff members have also suffered terrible losses.

Stressing the close connection between mental health and human rights, the GCMHP works to alleviate trauma and instill hope for the future.  We in the US have an important role to play in keeping that hope alive.

Host: The Middle East Education Group at First Parish Cambridge.

Organizer: The Gaza Mental Health Foundation, Inc.

Co-sponsors:  Alliance for Water Justice in Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace-Boston, Massachusetts Peace Action, USA Palestine Mental Health Network.

Sponsor of Dr. Abu-Jamei’s ‘Trauma and Hope’ nation-wide tour:  the Cambridge MA-based Gaza Mental Health Foundation, Inc.

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Sun February 5, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EST
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First Parish Cambridge – Mikelson Room
3 Church St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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