Julie Webb-Pullman: photo essay from Gaza

30 Oct


Against the wall in Gaza.


Gaza has more than 2,000 orphans, like these two we met.


Yet people are forced to live in shelters like this.


Inside, the kitchen


and adjoining bathroom


have been serving this family since 1947.


A few streets away this abode has a front door of sorts


which leads to six rooms,


four of which each house a family of 5 to 7 members


whose women make the best


of their kitchens


and living quarters


but this family has only one room for everything:  bedroom, kitchen, bathroom in one.


They are the lucky ones. Others’ homes are totally destroyed, with no shelter


or they cobble one together with whatever they can salvage from the bombed-out buildings.


Does Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu live like this? …


eat this diet of oranges


and a few onions


because the olive groves have been razed


and once-productive land is now wasteland


unable to be returned to productivity because building materials and agricultural supplies are not permitted to enter Gaza.


And the fishing boats lie idle, fishermen forced to surf-cast because if they go more than 1000 yards out to sea they are fired on by Israeli warships


such as this – so close to shore that I could photograph it.


So men such as this cannot feed their families.


And the people have only each other


to rely on.


And only one message.


No humanitarian crisis? …tell that to these 300 orphans.


Plenty of food? … I don’t think so.


A future? … only if the democratically-elected government receives the international respect and support it warrants.

From Scoop

2 Responses to “Julie Webb-Pullman: photo essay from Gaza”

  1. mick October 31, 2010 at 12:27 am #

    Excellent photo’s ,thank you for sharing them with us.

  2. Naima ali November 2, 2010 at 4:33 pm #

    SALAM!
    Amazing photo essay, never seen but not never heard before, sad but yet heart warming. Thank you for sharing your photos

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