VIDEO: Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei has begun interviewing refugees in Gaza for his documentary on the world refugee crisis. A new report says a record number of people – nearly 41 million – are internally displaced as a result of conflict or natural disaster. As part of his project, Ai has been visiting migrants in Europe and in the Middle East, staging events to draw attention to their plight. Ai’s first visit to Gaza coincides with the 68th anniversary of the ‘Nakba’ or catastrophe. Zlatica Hoke reports.
By Palestine Chronicle staff, Palestine Chronicle, 12 May 2016.
‘The condition here is unbelievable. Gaza is really suffering from this isolation and blockade..’
Ai Weiwei, controversial and dissident Chinese artist and activist is in Gaza to film a documentary based on the suffering of refugees in the Middle East.
Weiwei crossed into Gaza through Israel with a crew of 10 people.
Ai aims to include Palestinian refugees in his documentary stating that they constitute “the longest history” of displacement.
The number of Palestinians who were displaced during the 1948 war around which Israel was established, and the descendants, is estimated at over five million people, according to the United Nations.
“The Palestinian refugees really play a very important factor in the whole refugee situation,” Ai told The Associated Press. With such a big population, he said it is “not easy” to find a solution.
“The condition here is unbelievable,” Ai said as his crew filmed Palestinians trying to leave Gaza through Egypt. “Gaza is really suffering from this isolation and blockade from all over,” he said.
Ai’s first visit to Gaza coincides with the 68th anniversary of the ‘Nakba’ or catastrophe.
The documentary should be complete by the end of 2016.