War-torn Gaza is plunged into darkness. There is no light in the darkness of the night. There is no fan in extreme heat. Hospital equipment is also non-functional due to lack of electricity.
A Palestinian teenager made electricity with some basic equipment in such a dire situation in Gaza. Name Hassam Al-Atta (15). Hassam’s name is now a word of mouth for such novel work. He has already got the title of ‘Newton of Gaza’ in his area on social media. (Al Jazeera)
Since October 7, Gaza has been without electricity due to the Israeli attack. Most of the residential buildings are mixed with the ground. As a result, the electrical infrastructure has been damaged. In this situation, Hassam has produced electricity on a small scale using pocket dynamo and tin fan. He says, ‘Everyone in my area calls me Gaza Newton. There is no electricity where I live because of the war. So I tried my best to light here.’ When asked about the process of generating electricity, he said, ‘I bought a pocket dynamo from the market for 1 shekel (Palestinian currency).
Generally, when a dynamo is rotated, it produces electricity. Following this principle I set up a dynamo in our house and attached a fan to it. The dynamo generates electricity by turning the fan with the help of the wind.’ This energetic youngster from Gaza adds, ‘If we had batteries, we could have recharged them and met the demand for more electricity. We used to get 24-hour electricity at least.
According to Hassam, he came up with this invention after seeing his twin nephews get scared due to lack of light. Before the war, he was a student at Jabal Muqab School. Hassam says, “There are hundreds of innovative teenagers like me in Gaza. But no one looks at them, does not appreciate the work. Calling on the countries of the Arab world and the international community to stop the war in Gaza, this teenager added, “We want to realize our dreams.”
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