The women of Gaza

The chal­lenges of liv­ing amidst con­flict have been de­mand­ing, but women in Gaza con­tinue to draw on their strength and courage.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - WOMAN - Pho­tos by SA­MAR ABU ELOUF

This year on In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day, the In­ter­na­tional Com­mit­tee of the Red Cross ( ICRC) asked Pales­tinian pho­tog­ra­pher Sa­mar Abu Elouf to take a se­ries of pho­tos show­cas­ing dif­fer­ent women around her. We wanted to know what it means to be a woman in Gaza to­day. Sa­mar’s pho­tos fea­tured many women wear­ing an al­mond branch gar­land.

“They’re the first plants that blossom, they mean win­ter and hard­ship are over,” Sa­mar ex­plained. “They stand for courage, they are the first flow­ers ( af­ter the win­ter) you see in the en­tire Middle East.”

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