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Pupils at a school in Gaza where Action Against Hunger is installing toilets and improving hygiene conditions in the classrooms in case another war breaks out

Gaza Stories

"We will find a way, Inch’allah:" Meet the inspiring women who are overcoming the odds to create happier, healthier futures for themselves and their children in Gaza.

 

With June of this year marking 50 years of the occupation of the Palestinian territory and 10 years of the blockade of the Gaza Strip by land, air and sea, we would like to introduce you to ten incredible women affected by the blockade.   

All of them are single heads of households.  All of them lost their businesses during the 2014 hostilities in Gaza. Some of them lost their husbands, children, and sometimes their grandchildren in the last war.

Their stories are stories of hope in the shadow of war, of how despite hardship and in many cases trauma and loss, conflict has failed to deter the women of Gaza from striving to realise their hopes in work, family and life.

The women, who are participants in Action Against Hunger’s livelihoods programme in Gaza, are reviving small businesses such as hair salons, a photography studio, sheep breeding, mini-markets and rabbit breeding. They agreed to be photographed by award-winning Palestinian photographer Wissam Nassar, whose work has been published in Time Magazine and the New York Times. In July, the resulting exhibit will travel from Gaza to Jerusalem, and then onward to Brussels in September.

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Portraits of inspiring women in Gaza

Haana and Wafaa's story

Haana and Wafaa design and sow pillow cases and bed linen to make an income
Haana and Wafaa design and sow pillow cases and bed linen to make an income

"Not in my wildest dreams did I imagine exporting our handicrafts to the West Bank."

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Eman's story

Eman and her daughter
Eman and her daughter

"At the family studio, we often get visits from women who saw me taking pictures at weddings and who would like to become trained. I’m currently training some women for free."

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Amira's story

Amira and her children
Amira and her children

"I no longer have to reduce my meals to keep my children fed and I can even buy healthy things like fruits, vegetables and fish."

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Images: Lys Arango and Wissam Nassam for Action Against Hunger