Empty nest in Gaza

The life of a fisherman is rarely easy. But the fishing boats of Gaza face a particular challenge: they are only allowed to fish up to six nautical miles off the coast, due to the Israeli naval blockade. Fishing is an essential part of Gaza’s economy, but restrictions have undermined the sector for the past ten years. “Earning a living is extremely hard nowadays, especially with the limited resources,” says 20-year-old Fahmi Bakr, who studies law at Al-Azhar University in Gaza. He is newly married and works as a fisherman to pursue his education and support his family. “I work all night long and put my life at risk, but unfortunately I cannot meet the basic needs of life with the little amount of fish we catch.”

Related

Gardens of health

At health clinics and hospitals around Zimbabwe, new mothers and moms-to-be tend sustainable gardens to provide vital, nutritious meals despite a challenging climate

This post is also available in:

Discover more stories

Get stories worth sharing delivered to your inbox

Want to stay up to date?

You can unsuscribe anytime. Read the privacy policy of our newsletter service provider

This might interest you...

‘If someone told me this story, I wouldn’t believe it’

In 2018, Hassan Al Kontar was stranded in an airport for 7 months as his asylum claim was reviewed. Now, Hassan is once again in the news — this time for the ways he gives back to the country that took him in.

Check it out