"You know my daughter will soon be 20, and I still don't know if you're intending to marry her." Her mother started her prepared speech."You know we can wait for you for years, but your family should know and I need guarantees that you will indeed marry her!" It was for her right to say that, and that day I felt the most guilty and oppressive person on earth. Gaza's difficult financial conditions, including an unemployment crisis that exceeds 45%, one of the highest in the world, stifle the chances of hundreds of marriages ever taking place.I realized how much her family was attached to me, and how much they needed me to be one of them. That has led to the proliferation of organizations that facilitate weddings.They speak man-to-man about him having his daughter for the rest of his life.And he hopes he'll say yes, say yes cause he needs to know.Immediately, I realized the mistake I had committed by allowing such a deep attachment to grow. They want me to marry so they can enjoy being grandparents, but they know that I don’t have a apartment to live in or a stable salary that would allow me, my wife and them to survive on.My father has been unemployed since 2005 when he, along with thousands of other Gazans, could no longer work inside Israel after its withdrawal.
This is matchmaking in the fast lane, and delivered straight to your doorstep. Your elevator's out of service because that's just happens when you live in an Arab world plagued with power outages. What better way to get the guy you've known for less than a month to prove his love for you than to climb 10 flights of stairs?
He became one of the 80% of all Gazans who depend on social assistance and international aid.
My girlfriend's parents loved me so much that they said they could not live without me.
The head teacher asked her mother to choose the teacher who would instruct her daughter. Over the next eight months, she and I finally fell in love.
Her family knew, but mine did not, because I knew my family was not financially ready for a marriage.