The Indie Bundle for Palestinian Aid is now live on itch.io until June 11. All proceeds will go to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency to support its work in helping Palestinians residing in Gaza. The UNRWA has provided food assistance for over one million Palestinians and will continue to do so in the territories with heavy destruction. They also provide emergency mental and physical health protection. Despite a recently proclaimed ceasefire, Palestinians are still being disenfranchised and violently oppressed by Israeli forces in their homeland, and this bundle is dedicated to helping them survive and rebuild.
If you pay at least five dollars, you’ll get Palestinian game developer Rasheed Abueideh’s Liyla and the Shadows of War, along with hundreds of additional games, assets, and soundtracks donated by game developers and media creators around the world in support of Palestine. In this bundle are 673 games, 273 physical games, 20 game assets, 19 books, 11 tools, 11 miscellaneous items, seven soundtracks, and five comics. In total, you’ll get 1,019 items for five U.S. dollars (though you’re more than welcome to donate more). Notable games included in the bundle are Signs of the Sojourner, Pikuniku, Minit, and many more.
Abueideh’s Liyla and the Shadows of War tells the story of a little girl who lives in Gaza during the 2014 war. Time is running against you, your family is in danger, and there is nowhere to hide from the constant shooting and bombings everywhere. It’s up to you to get them out of the shadows of war to a safer place. The game was showcased at IndieCade and A MAZE and earned numerous award nominations, including a win in Excellence in Storytelling at the International Mobile Gaming Awards Middle East/North Africa.
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Liyla and the Shadows of War is based on real events, for 30% of civilian casualties during the 2014 Gaza War were children. (If you’d like to know more about the atrocities the children and people of Palestine have faced during and after this time, I recommend starting with Born in Gaza on Netflix).
“Indie games are unique in that they can tell stories not seen in AAA or other games,” reads the description of the Indie Bundle for Palestinian Aid. “We pour our life experiences into our games and share a piece of ourselves with the world. Palestinian game developers are no different in this aspect, but have the added challenges of limited access to basic services, like clean water, electricity, medical care, and food security. They live under Israeli authority that discriminates and subjugates Palestinians to the point of persecution and apartheid, simply for being Palestinian. Furthermore, they develop games without all the resources that come with being in a western hub for game development.”
The editorial staff of Fanbyte stands in solidarity with the people of Palestine against apartheid, genocide, and oppression. We stand in solidarity with the people of Palestine and the Palestinian diaspora against our own governments’ military aid to Israel and enabling of the consistent erosion of Palestinian sovereignty. For our full statement, please go here.
May we one day see a free Palestine. Be sure to pledge your support and purchase this generous bundle dedicated to an important cause. The indie bundle will run until June 11. As of the time of this article’s writing, it has met 64% of its $500,000 goal thanks to almost 35,000 contributors.