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.
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