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.”

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