A new game package on itch.io collects money for the Palestinian peoplewho, despite a recent ceasefire between Israel and Gaza, continue to live as second-class citizens in their own homeland.
With a contribution of at least five dollars, you get Liyla and the shadows of war, a survival game from Palestinian developer Rasheed Abueideh, as well as thousands of other games generously donated to the bundle by their developers. Some notable entries include Bleeding 2
Liyla and the shadows of war follows a young girl who lives in Gaza and experiences firsthand Israel’s brutal campaign against her people. Abueideh’s work has earned him multiple awards since the game was released in 2016, including “Excellence in Storytelling” at the International Mobile Gaming Awards.
“I am the father of two children,” Abueideh explains on the Liyla and the shadows of war Page. “I can’t imagine my life without her, but nobody is safe in Palestine. When the war started in Gaza and I saw the pictures of the children killed in their parents’ hands, I was shocked. I had a strange feeling; it’s a combination of sadness, fear, empathy, and anger. All I thought about was, ‘What if this happens to me?’ I decided to share these feelings in a game to convey a message of how we as Palestinians live in this situation. It’s not just a game, it’s a case and a cry for help. “
The Indie Bundle for Palestinian Aid runs until next Friday, June 11th.