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Wake Up Palestine – Liyla and the Shadows of War

How a Palestinian game dev supports his homeland.

Jerusalem24 – A 2020 study showed that playing video games can make you happy… We don’t need a study to tell us that. There is just something about video games that differentiates them from film and books. Imagine yourself, scouring through tunnels on the moon, becoming legend, fulfilling your destiny. Or travelling through a kingdom, gathering your resources and crafting your war. Answering your call to duty. They can be an interesting way of filling your time. Whether you play on a computer, or a console or even on your phone. Video games are a multi-billion-dollar industry.

In recent years we have seen a sleuth of games that present real world issues. Games like “A Force more powerful,” which was designed by Breakaway games to teach non-violent methods for waging conflict, or 2006’s Darfur is dying; which shed light on the humanitarian disaster in Darfur.

“This game is based on actual events,” are the words the video game Leila, shadow of war begins with. The game is set during the 2014 Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip, the goal of the game is to protect a young girl through the raging battle. The game, developed by Rasheed Abu Eideh, considers the civilian impact of war, its nighttime setting illuminated by the bombings and drone attacks of the 2014 Israel aggression.

With a guest appearance with a report from Mona Hijjawi, and Mohammad Hamayel speaks with Liyla’s developer, Rasheed Abu Eideh, about video games and fundraising for the reconstruction of Gaza.

Some of Liyla and the Shadows of War’s awards.

Mohammad Hamayel

Ramallah based journalist, Mohammad graduated from Al-Quds University with a B.A. in Media and Television. He has covered the 2015 Jerusalem Intifada as well as the Great March of Return for international media outlets. currently an editor/presenter at Jerusalem24. A UN alumni and a follower of global events and politics, especially American affairs.

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