Trauma is a psy­cho­lo­gic­al response to an event that is deeply dis­tress­ing and dis­turb­ing. It can cause a wide range of phys­ic­al and emo­tion­al symp­toms which can cause long-last­ing suf­fer­ing for the sur­viv­ors. A trau­mat­ized per­son can for example feel over­whelmed or depressed, exper­i­ence flash­backs and pan­ic attacks, as well as exper­i­ence phys­ic­al symp­toms such as ran­dom heart racing, sweat­ing and head­aches.

Trauma activ­ates the body’s fight-or-flight response, which means that the body con­stantly thinks that it has to fight for its sur­viv­al. To soothe these symp­toms, exer­cise and art can be an effect­ive way to treat trauma. It can give the per­son some energy back, dis­tract from trau­mat­ic exper­i­ences and enable con­nec­tions with oth­er people. Most import­antly, it can give back hope.

Camps Breakerz (CB Crew) is a dance team that was estab­lished back in 2003 to rep­res­ent the Palestini­an people and their con­tinu­ous struggle. CB Crew has intro­duced the people of Gaza to the unique­ness of art and dance by per­form­ing and teach­ing break­dance. Their pro­jects caught inter­na­tion­al atten­tion and CB Crew even­tu­ally presen­ted their pro­jects and art abroad, giv­ing a voice to the Palestini­an people through the per­spect­ive of art. CB crew has always been sup­por­ted by indi­vidu­als and the crew has been self-man­aging and plan­ning since 2004, always with great out­comes.

CB Crew first estab­lished its dance school in Nusi­er­at refugee camp that was fun­ded by a cam­paign in the middle of Gaza strip. Addi­tion­ally, CB Crew par­ti­cip­ated in a rehab­il­it­a­tion pro­gram in 2009 that invited chil­dren from all over Gaza to spend time at the dance school and spend time with the dance crew. When the school was bombed in 2009 CB Crew con­tin­ued to dance and teach onthe rubble . Dur­ing the bomb­ings of 2014, CB Crew traveled to UN schools to vis­it fam­il­ies seek­ing shel­ter in these schools after they had been forced from their homes. CB Crew shared their dance skills with the chil­dren and helped to build new hope dur­ing the war. It became a routine and pur­pose of CB Crew to keep on dan­cing with the com­munity. The crew spent the last days before the present war with Israel dan­cing in pub­lic and cheer­ing chil­dren on for express­ing them­selves.

This way, CB Crew has intro­duced chil­dren to art and allowed them to express their emo­tions . CB Crew believes that art and dance can instig­ate change by help­ing chil­dren heal from trauma. By mov­ing chil­dren along with the rhythm, they gain a feel­ing of exist­ence and belong­ing. Addi­tion­ally, CB Crew has sup­por­ted chil­dren with extern­al needs such as cloth­ing and edu­ca­tion­al mater­i­als.

Sadly, Gaza is get­ting heav­ily bombed at the moment which is why we had to stop dance for safety reas­on. The scale of the bomb­ings is for­cing people to leave behind their homes and run for safety to secure their life. Most evicted fam­il­ies will return to bombed homes and their chil­dren will have to search for their favor­ite toys or school items under the rubble. CB Crew plans to go to the shel­ters for these fam­il­ies, such as UN schools, and intro­duce them­selves to the chil­dren. By gath­er­ing in a circle and dan­cing togeth­er, CB Crew gives the chil­dren a new sense of joy and invites every­one to par­ti­cip­ate.

Our chil­dren deserve an equal life as any child in the world. They deserve to smile laugh and hold on to a super­hero. CB Crew has named the dance series “Our Chil­dren Deserve”, and plans to keep on dan­cing with those evicted chil­dren, hop­ing that in the future they can come to our school and dance on daily base.
CB Crew needs your hand to pro­mote and launch more dance series in the shel­ters and pub­lic. Your dona­tion will be spent on buy­ing clothes, shoes, and school items.  Please reach out and sup­port our ini­ti­at­ive. You can help save human­ity.
We prom­ise to keep you pos­ted and updated.
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Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rishma Dhali­w­al has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal
Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.