- Title: Locked-down family in Gaza make Ramadan lanterns
- Date: 23rd April 2020
- Summary: KHAN YOUNIS, GAZA (APRIL 20, 2020) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PALESTINIAN WOMAN, EHSAN AL YACCOUBI, MAKINGÂ RAMADANÂ LANTERN YACCOUBI FAMILY GATHERING TO MAKEÂ RAMADANÂ LANTERNS YACCOUBI APPLYING GLUE ON LANTERN CHILDREN MAKINGÂ RAMADANÂ LANTERNS (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PALESTINIAN WOMAN, EHSAN AL YACCOUBI , SAYING: "We are going through theÂ coronavirusÂ pandemic and we cannot go anywhere so we are staying all the time at home, so I decided to make the kids let out their energy through makingÂ RamadanÂ lanterns." VARIOUS OF PALESTINIAN FATHER, MOHAMMAD AL YACCOUBI, MAKINGÂ RAMADANÂ LANTERNSÂ WITH FAMILY YACCOUBI CUTTING FABRIC (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PALESTINIAN FATHER, MOHAMMAD AL YACCOUBI, SAYING: "The goal is not to sell or make money (out of this initiative). After I made theseÂ lanterns, there were requests from family members, neighbours and close friends, even some store owners asked me to make themÂ lanternsÂ so I fulfilled these orders as way to be a positive influence in our Palestinian community." KHAN YOUNIS, GAZA (APRIL 22, 2020) (REUTERS) YACCOUBI HANGING LANTERN CHILDREN WATCHING YACCOUBI HANGING LANTERN (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SON, FIRAS AL YACCOUBI, SAYING: "RamadanÂ is different this year because ofÂ coronavirus, we will stay at home so there is a lot of free time, so we will makeÂ lanternsÂ and sell to people." YACCOUBI ENTERING NEIGHBOUR'S HOUSE YACCOUBI GIVING NEIGHBOUR LANTERN / NEIGHBOUR HOLDING LANTERN NEIGHBOUR PRAYING
- Embargoed: 7th May 2020 11:06
- Keywords: COVID-19 Coronavirus Gaza Khan Younis Lanterns Lockdown Ramadan
- Location: KHAN YOUNIS, GAZA
- City: KHAN YOUNIS, GAZA
- Country: Palestinian Territories
- Topics: Living / Lifestyle,Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA001CAPQN2T
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Confined to their home and worried about a coronavirus infection, a Gaza family made lanterns to decorate their house. Their product soon became a hit was in demand prompting the Yaccoubi family to spread their homemade joy to their neigbours and friends.
Mohammad Al Yaccoubi, a public servant, said it was his wife's idea to find something to do as a family, where some of their seven children helped in cutting the colourful fabric before they glued them on paper-made skeletons.
Health officials said 17 people had tested positive in Gaza. The Islamist Hamas group, which runs the enclave, closed schools, mosques, wedding halls and prevented large gatherings, but they stopped short of imposing a full lockdown.
Lanterns, known in Arabic as Fawanees, were originated in Egypt, and were usually imported into Gaza from Cairo and from China, but some Gazans like Yaccoubi, began making them at home to kill free time.
The mother, Ehsan, coached her children through it.
Gaza, measuring 375 sq km (145 square miles), is home to around two million Palestinians. It has been for years under an Israeli blockade, which Gazans said it didn't only cripple their economy, but it also undermined the development of health facilities.
(Production: Suheir Sheikh, Mohammed Shanna, Bassem Massoud, Nidal AL-Mughrabi)
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