Between every-day life and destruction

The people of Gaza did not have enough time to rest or relax, to rebuild, and to begin anew. Operation Cast Lead in 2008/2009 was followed two years later by Operation Pillar of Cloud and in the summer of 2014 by Operation Protective Edge. Traveling through the different areas of the Gaza Strip for a whole day feels as though one is driving through a Hollywood set. Perforated houses, ashes and rubbles became the stereotypes of the Gaza Strip – and reality reinforces them. Meanwhile, life goes on here. Humans must find some normality in their day-to-day lives in the midst of this destruction.

 © Lissy Kaufmann

  • Between the ruins, life goes on.
  • People on the outskirts of Beit Hanoun.
  • Two young women pass by the destroyed houses in Beit Hanoun.
  • Only those, who can afford 50 Shekels (about 10€) for a meal, eat out in Gaza City, for example in Ma’toug.
  • On the main play course in Gaza City, kids having fun.
  • Large numbers of tourists are not expected in Gaza’s souvenir shops.
  • An afternoon on the beach in Gaza. Swimming in bikinis or in trunks is allowed only for children here.
  • Gazans are still waiting for construction material to fix the streets.
  • Motorbikes are a popular means of transportation in Gaza. Helmets, though, are nowhere to be seen here
  • A man on his merry way in Gaza.
  • A young man sells sweets to car drivers on a jammed street.
  • Days before the Al-Adha feast, the streets of Gaza are overcrowded.
  • Ramshackle vehicles, luxury limousines and numerous motorbikes, as well as a number of donkeys and horse carts are driving through the streets of Gaza. The men are jumping up and down during the ride.
  • A girl walks past a destroyed building in Gaza City.
  • Only the wealthy in Gaza can afford to go to Lighthouse - a restaurant overlooking the sea.