Miserable Life Inside Gaza City

| April 7, 2010

Have you ever wondered on how the life inside the land of war, Gaza City looks like? It seems like the war has made the people of the country appear to be some kind of similar lifestyle to those poor souls in India or Bangladesh. Or maybe worst. It is all started when the Israel blockade Gaza since 2007. The blockade preventing almost all goods, especially building materials from entering Gaza, combined with the price of smuggled goods from Egypt; demand for stone to be used in cement mixing has skyrocketed. Thus, the event has restricted the development of economy in Gaza.

Gaza Misery
A Palestinian worker holds a handful of stone excavated to be crushed and used for cement mix in Beit Lahiya, Gaza Strip. In the last few months the demand for stone to be used in cement mixing has skyrocketed in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Warrick Page/Getty Images | Click to Enlarge :O)

Gaza Misery
Workers sort through dirt for stone close to the Israeli border in Beit Lahiya, Gaza Strip. Much of the stone is available in areas close to the Israeli border – highly dangerous for the workers who make little more than 13 dollars per day for their efforts. (Photo by Warrick Page/Getty Images | Click to Enlarge :O)

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A worker grimaces from the dust created from crushing concrete in order to extract the gravel in Zayton, Gaza Strip. Due to the blockade preventing building materials entering Gaza and the price of smuggled goods from Egypt, local tradesmen crush rock, concrete and stone in order to make gravel for cement mix. (Photo by Warrick Page/Getty Images | Click to Enlarge :O)

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Using a sledgehammer to break concrete blocks to extract gravel in Zayton, Gaza Strip, a worker collects valuable stones . The blockade of Gaza has lead to new and innovative ways to recycle materials in order to supply demands, but often at the exploitation of the unemployed who make 7-14 US dollars per day collecting or processing the materials. (Photo by Warrick Page/Getty Images | Click to Enlarge :O)

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A Palestinian worker stacks bricks made with recycled cement gravel and crushed stone at a brick factory in Khan Younis, Gaza Strip. (Photo by Warrick Page/Getty Images | Click to Enlarge :O)

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Crushed plastic parts are cleaned at a warehouse in Beit Lahiya, Gaza Strip. Hamas’ Ministry of Economics reportedly decreed that it is illegal for factories to use recycled plastics in order to make their products due to health regulations. Factory owners must purchase all pre-molded plastic via the smuggling tunnels from Egypt. Pre-molded plastic from Egypt costs factories nearly three times as much to purchase than the recycled plastic. (Photo by Warrick Page/Getty Images | Click to Enlarge :O)

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A plastic doll’s head is on the ground at a recycling factory in Beit Lahiya, Gaza Strip. (Photo by Warrick Page/Getty Images | Click to Enlarge :O)

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Palestinian worker, Shaher al-Helou, 31, pours melted recycled metal into a mold at a car-battery workshop in Jabaliya, Gaza Strip. Workers at the repair shop have been recycling metal to repair car batteries for more than ten years, but have seen the number of repairs more than double since the Israeli blockade of Gaza, while their number of new-battery sales have plummeted. (Photo by Warrick Page/Getty Images | Click to Enlarge :O)

Gaza Misery
A worker, solders recycled metal to a used car battery at a car-battery in Jabaliya, Gaza Strip. The blockade of Gaza has lead to new and innovative ways to recycle materials in order to supply demands. (Photo by Warrick Page/Getty Images | Click to Enlarge :O)

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Shaher al-Helou (L) speaks to customers at his car battery workshop in Jabaliya, Gaza Strip.
(Photo by Warrick Page/Getty Images | Click to Enlarge :O)

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Muhammad Abu Safia, 61, repairs a shoe in his workshop at Jabaliya market in Jabaliya refugee camp, Gaza Strip. Tradesmen at the market complain about the quality of materials smuggled in from Egypt, claiming only sub-quality Egyptian and Chinese goods are brought in by the smugglers to generate a high turnover of sales as they frequently break. (Photo by Warrick Page/Getty Images | Click to Enlarge :O)

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Abid Shabban, 38, attempts to sell his salvaged goods at Jabaliya market in Jabaliya refugee camp, Gaza Strip. The father of 11 children, Abid lost his job as a cab driver after the war when fuel prices rose the taxi owner could no longer lease him the car. He now scavenges for materials to sell at the local market. (Photo by Warrick Page/Getty Images | Click to Enlarge :O)

Gaza Misery
Palestinian carpenter, Mahmood Abu Amira, 67, repairs a broken door at Jabaliya market. Mahmood rarely makes new products, his living is now made repairing broken material with both new and scrap wood collected throughout Gaza. (Photo by Warrick Page/Getty Images | Click to Enlarge :O)

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  1. The place of Gaza is devastating and I know there are shortage of food. innocent people are affected between war of two countries fighting for territory.

  2. hey buddy,this is one of the best posts that I’ve ever seen; you may include some more ideas in the same theme. I’m still waiting for some interesting thoughts from your side in your next post.

  3. Remi Online says:

    these pictures make me feel kind of sad for those who leave there

  4. Herve leger says:

    The place of Gaza is devastating and I know there are shortage of food. innocent people are affected between war of two countries fighting for territory.