MAYA BEN DAVID // JERUSALEM
Born and bought up in Israel, 23 year old Maya was bought up in a left wing mindset, and her father served the army. Maya’s biggest fear as a child was to hold a gun in her hand. While she always wanted to go into an art school, at 16 she chose psychology school to understand human mind’s functioning. After reaching the age of 18, all Israeli citizens are obliged to serve the mandatory Israel Military Service for over 2 years. At the time of her Military admission, Maya convinced the committee that she was mentally challenged and unfit to join the army; thus bypassing the rule.
While her friends served the army for two years, Maya worked as a volunteer to impart art education to war orphans in her country through various NGO’s. Maya believes that art and peace are two interrelated forces, and is exactly what the modern world truly needs over more weapons. She is now travelling in South East Asia with her group of friends. Maya was a survivor of the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal. She was trekking into Himalayas, and was rescued by the local villagers. She has only grown stronger after the experience.
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