“My first dream is to see Palestine free and my second dream is to meet Neymar Jr, the football player”
Ahed Tamini is a 14-year-old Palestinian girl who lives in the village of Nabi Saleh, in the occupied Palestinian territories. She is in ninth grade. This is the sweet blond, blue-eyed girl who two years ago stood up to Israeli soldiers, shaking her fist at one of them after she learned they had arrested her brother. She is a passionate lover of football and an unconditional fan of Neymar Jr — she and her cousin Jana baked him a strawberry cake for his birthday.
Besides football, one of the things she loves most is the sea. “When me and my friends go out in the village we sit on top of the mountain, and we imagine we have the sea in front of us and we can go for a swim. But the occupation keeps preventing us from going.”