Finally, some good news from the Middle East: thousands of kids gathered in Gaza City to fly paper kites, breaking their own world record for the most number of kites in the air. Reports say the children flew 7202 kites, which they’d made themselves. A similar event in 2009 saw the kids get 3200 kites up. The event was organised by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in an attempt to provide the children of the impoverished Gaza Strip in Palestine with some fun during their summer holiday. Next time you enjoy your little corner of paradise, knowing that your family is safe and happy, spare a thought for the kids of Gaza who put up with uncertainty and fear every day. It warms our bones to know that a “few” simple paper kites can beat the bombs and make these kids smile for a day.