Saturday, 3 October 2015

Gaza’s caretakers become its breadwinners

Five years ago, Soha Masri lost her husband because of an Israeli air strike on Gaza.

Becoming a widow placed her in financial peril. She had three daughters, all of whom had plans to study at university. How could she support them?

Masri, now aged 45, took the initiative of setting up a small poultry farm in Nuseirat refugee camp. She began selling the food produced on it to relatives and neighbors.

“It is not an easy job to take care of the chickens,” she said. “But I try my best so that I can make enough to pay part of my children’s expenses.”

Many other women in Gaza are in a similar situation. Although men are usually the main breadwinners for their families here, their death or injury leaves their wives having to perform that role.

Manal Azizi set up an embroidery business for traditional Palestinian dresses after her husband was left paralyzed when Israel bombed Gaza for eight consecutive days in November 2012.

She lacked much of the equipment required at the beginning. “Yet I did not give up,” she said. “The work goes on.”

The 34-year-old has to take care of four children, as well as her husband. more

6-year-old Palestinian Shot and Injured by Israeli Settler near Qalqilia

A suspected Israeli settler shot and critically injured a 6-year-old Palestinian near the occupied West Bank city of Qalqilia, witnesses said.

Yousef Bayan al-Tabib was standing on the side of the road when the settler reportedly stopped his car, shot the child in the stomach, and fled the scene, a Ma'an reporter said.

The child, from the small Palestinian village of Izbeit at-Tabib -- in Area C and around six miles east of Qalqilia -- was taken to the Qalqiliya Hospital for treatment.

An Israeli army spokesperson said that the army had received reports of the attack and that Israeli forces had arrived on scene and were "investigating any indication that the attack happened." The occupied West Bank was rocked by settler attacks on Palestinians and their property on Thursday night and Friday after a fatal shooting attack was carried out by alleged Palestinian gunmen. more