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.
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.”