Shurooq Mousa from Deir El-Balah, a few miles south of Gaza City, is about to turn 15 - and when she does, her life will change.

She is a schoolgirl with ambitions of becoming an architect, and rebuilding houses and hospitals destroyed by bombings. But her family wants her to study medicine instead.

Shurooq spends some of her time wandering the streets with her good friend Mai. But when she turns 15, her family will no longer let her do this.

They think she should start wearing the abaya, a more conservative full-body garment. And they want her to consider wearing a niqab. 

Shurooq does not mind wearing a hijab, but puts her foot down at anything more. 

In 15 in Gaza, we get an insight into the complex negotiations that await Shurooq as she stands on the brink of adulthood.

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/witness/2014/02/15-gaza-2014210...

Tags: gaza, hijab, isreal, jews, muslims, napoleonism, religion, war, women

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