Ziad became an orphan when his entire family was killed when an indiscriminate Israeli bomb killed his entire family last year. The fear and shock of that trauma and its horrible consequences cannot be over-stated on a child.

Ziad was placed in an SOS village in Gaza where PACES has had an active and successful program for a few years. Though initially reluctant to participate, and always wanting to be alone, Ziad reluctantly joined the program.

It took many long weeks for Ziad to gradually open up, but after many baby steps, and through the support of his two new families, the SOS and PACES, Ziad’s behaviour has changed and he now looks forward to playing football with his friends and brothers.