Nikon Photo Contest 2014-2015

Category C Open theme, single photo:
3rd place

Gaza Aftermath




The picture was part of the project about Gazas Aftermath where I tried to focus on children traumas. Beyond the immediate loss in Gaza — destruction of property, infrastructure, and the deaths of more than 2,200 people, mostly civilians and about 500 of them children — Israel’s onslaught will have long-term mental and physical effects on the Palestinian children who survived weeks of airstrikes and naval and tank shelling. Many of them watched as their relatives and friends were killed and homes, schools and mosques bombarded. Now children by the age of six have three wars after them. Those who survived are pessimistic about the future, question themselves why they did not die as well, and wait for the next war to come. After the 2012 war, the rate of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among children in Gaza doubled, according to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which provides assistance for Palestinian refugees. Mental health experts fear that the latest bombardment may create detrimental repercussions too difficult for children to overcome as Vast majority of Gaza children suffer PTSD symptoms.
The image was shoot in one of the most damaged places - Sha'af neighborhood which is not far from Shijaiyah where war took most of the lifes. Gaza became hard to access for journalists in recent years.