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 #

    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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