Gazans continue to struggle in a region with massive unemployment, toxic water, and crumbling infrastructure under a blockade of land and sea for 15 years. Food and fuel enter Gaza based upon “mathematical formulas” determined by the occupying forces, in a drip-feeding fashion, or just “enough for survival” according to the Amnesty International February 2022 report Israel’s apartheid against Palestinians: a cruel system of domination and a crime against humanity.
For Basma who lives in Gaza, and the sole support for her family of 9, life is a daily struggle to survive. Her husband is imprisoned for debt owed his creditors. Unemployed, he tried unsuccessfully to support his family and now Basma, 42, does what she can to keep food on the family table. Along with her 12-year-old son, they work collecting empty soft drink cans generating an income of approximately 5 shekels a day ($1.47).