Hope Amidst War: Teenage Duo Brings Joy to Displaced Children in Gaza Through Chess

A chess club for Gaza's displaced children was founded by a teenage duo. Photo: Photo: Karawan Chess Club

In the war-torn Gaza Strip, where the sound of gunfire and explosions is a constant reminder of the conflict, two teenage friends, Omar Rasheed and Mohammad Herzalah, have found a way to bring hope and joy to displaced children through the game of chess.

Their daily vlog, the Herz and Omar Show, has captured the hearts of millions online, showcasing their positivity, humor, and dedication to helping others. The duo’s chess initiative, the Karawan Chess Club, has become a sanctuary for displaced Palestinian children, offering a much-needed escape from the trauma and hardship they have endured.

Photo: Karawan Chess Club

The club, which started with over 20 children and now has 16 regular members, is hosted three times a week in a refugee camp in Dir Al Balah. Omar and Mohammad, aged 18 and 19 respectively, founded the club with the help of their friend Mustafa Saleh, 17. Despite the challenges they face, including finding enough chessboards and basic teaching tools, the trio remains committed to providing a fun education through chess and bringing smiles to the faces of children in Gaza.

Their story is a powerful reminder of the strength and kindness of individuals in the face of adversity. Amidst the destruction and chaos, Omar and Mohammad have created a sense of community and hope, showing that even in the darkest of times, there is always a way to make a difference.

Photo: Karawan Chess Club

According to Omar‘s aunt, Needa Karawan, the idea for the chess club was born when Omar started playing chess in middle school and became fascinated with the game. He began teaching children at a local cafe and soon invited his friends to join him. With the support of his aunt, who sponsored the club, they were able to turn their passion into a reality.

Through their GoFundMe page, they aim to raise over $50,000 funds to escape the war and pursue higher education, a testament to their determination to rebuild their lives and create a better future for themselves and their community. The Herz and Omar Show is a beacon of hope in a region torn apart by conflict, a reminder that even in the midst of war, there is always a way to find joy, positivity, and humanity.


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