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Copyright ©2017 Eman Mohammed
What Lies beneath the rubble
Between the shattered memories of the past and the unknown misty future lie the piles of remains that used to be called Home by thousands of Palestinian families residing in Gaza City,Mohammed Khader and his wife, Ebtesam, and their 22 family members, are one of many examples of the bitter life under siege and war.
They take shelter, in the ruins of a house that was targeted during the Israeli War on the Gaza Strip ,the family lives without access to electricity for more than 16 hours every day ,they mainly survive relying on humanitarian aid from international and local organizations.
Not much different from dozens of other families who became homeless after the War ended, with no place to go but camping near their destroyed houses. Showing the different layers of the aftermath in Gaza, the various situations and people; showing the symptoms of the mental aftermath in both tragically and unexpectedly resilient.
The remarkable feature of Khader’s family is the distinct relationship they have with their pigeons. Although many of them suffered and several died, no matter where Mohammed Khader and his kids would go, the pigeons always follow. Mohammed used to take care of his pigeons, and the war didn’t change that a lot. Both are seeking some kind of comfort after nothing else is left but the company of the other.
This reportage documents the extent and nature of the aftermath of War in routine, daily life, as it effects women, kids, and men today in the Gaza Strip, who have faced in the relatively recent past and continuing to face the dangers of terror and war.