Gaza: Photos, reflections

Just got back to the U.S. day before yesterday after 2.5 months in Palestine/Israel, including 9 very intense days in Gaza. Didn’t post much while there…but now that I’m back, will be sharing many photos, many reflections; here, on Twitter and on my Facebook. More polished/produced pieces of writing and filming will come later. For now, the raw stuff:

Below: This photo of me was taken in Shejaiya, east Gaza City, on the rubble of what used to be a clinic. I have seen a lot of devastation in my life, but I have never seen anything like what I saw in Shejaiya. My camera (much less my brain) could not hold the scope and scale of the destruction:

shejaiya jen2

 Below: I met these kids as they were climbing in the ruins of their destroyed home, in Beit Lahiya, Gaza–very close to the border with Israel. Most amazing: they wanted to play and clown and have fun. Like all kids.

little boy climbing

kids scramblingkids beit lahiya2 boys climbing the walls boys beit lahiya1  boys with rubble and tents

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Filed under Gaza, Human Rights, Palestine/Israel

2 responses to “Gaza: Photos, reflections

  1. Leah

    Jen–it’s so important, and powerful, and true of your good heart that your your eye always goes to the children ignored in this deathly struggle. How very much these images make me hate the pigheadedness of armies and governments and the presumptions that drive them–that completely ignore/erase lives and loves and needs of people who are just PEOPLE.

  2. Rebecca Dare

    Hi Jen — I’m looking forward to hearing your stories personally at the Seattle University Bookfest Saturday morning.

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