By Anne Paq and Basel Yazouri

Activestills Photo collective

Six months after the ceasefire that ended the Israeli military offensive on Gaza Strip last summer, killing 2,200, 539 of them children, 100,000 Palestinians are still displaced.

 

The majority are living in makeshift shelters constructed from whatever materials they can find.

AN AL JAZEERA ENGLISH PHOTO ESSAY

Gaza's

makeshift

shelters

LIVING CONDITIONS OF DISPLACED PALESTINIANS IN THE GAZA STRIP

Around 100,000

                                               housing units were destroyed or damaged according to UNRWA.

 

UNRWA has estimated $720m will be needed, to provide rental subsidies to families with no alternative shelter, to rebuild destroyed homes and repair damaged ones.

 

Out of  the $5.4bn pledged in a Cairo conference last October, only 5 percent had actually reached Gaza by February 2015.

 

Despite promises of help, the situation on the ground is disastrous and rebuilding almost non-existent.

 

With help hardly getting through, and so many in need, building materials are scarce and flats for rent even scarcer - and expensive too.

 

Many displaced Palestinians are then left in limbo. Around 10,000 are still sheltering in UN-run schools. But the over-crowded conditions and lack of facilities have led some to build their own shelters out of wood, plastic, and metal sheet.

01

Khuza'a village, Khan Yunis

 

GAZA STRIP

KHUZA'A VILLAGE

Fayza al-Najjar, 64, mother of 7 children, takes care of her grandchild, in their shelter in Khuza'a, a village east of Khan Yunis.

02

Juhor ad-deek, Gaza City

 

GAZA STRIP

JUHOR

AD-DEEK

Amal Abu Issa, 48, and her husband, Attiya live in a shelter, originally a kitchen, as their tent they was swept by floods during the winter in the village of Juhor ad-deek, East of Gaza Strip

03

Juhor ad-deek, Gaza City

 

GAZA STRIP

JUHOR

AD-DEEK

Amal and Attiya inside their makeshift shelter.

 

"It's better to die

than live this life"

AMAL ABU ISSA

04

Al Zawaydeh village, Deir al-Balah

 

GAZA STRIP

AL ZAWAYDEH VILLAGE

Mohammed Hussein al Ormi, 25, lives with his brother in their damaged home, east of Nusseirat refugee camp.

 

He is newly married but his wife cannot live under such conditions so she went back to her family.

 

Mohammed and his brothers also built a shelter where he slept during heavy rains as it was too dangerous to stay in  the damaged home.

 

 

"We are still waiting for the money for the rebuilding. I know this is dangerous but there is no alternative"

MOHAMMED HUSSEIN AL ORMI

05

Khuza'a village, Khan Yunis

 

GAZA STRIP

KHUZA'A VILLAGE

Hussein al-Najjar (center),14, stays with his 7 siblings and parents in the village of Khuza'a. Hussein does not go to school, and occasionally works in agriculture to bring some food to his family.

06

Khuza'a village, Khan Yunis

 

GAZA STRIP

KHUZA'A VILLAGE

Souad al-Najjar cleaning the dishes. The water from the tap is not suitable for consumption.

 

"I do not know

how to feed them"

SOUAD AL-NAJJAR

07

Beit Hanoun, North Gaza

 

GAZA STRIP

BEIT HANOUN

The Shabari family has to live in a few square meters of what remains of a destroyed house, one tiny room for a family of 8 members, in a destroyed quarter of Beit Hanoun. They patched the holes in the ceiling and walls with woods and plastic.

08

Juhor ad-deek, Gaza City

 

GAZA STRIP

JUHOR

AD-DEEK

Omar Suleiman builds a shelter for his family of 5 with wood from palettes in Juhor ad-Deek. The materials approximately cost $2,000. “This is what we can find now, so we just make it,” Suleiman said

09

Beit Hanoun, North Gaza

 

GAZA STRIP

BEIT HANOUN

Some metal caravans have been distributed by NGOs. They are, however, not suitable for the harsh winter conditions, and will be very hot in the summer. Beit Hanoun.

10

Khuza'a village, Khan Yunis

 

GAZA STRIP

KHUZA'A VILLAGE

Al-Najjar children get ready for school. They must wake up at 6am to walk to school to be on time.

11

Shujayea neighborhood, Gaza City

 

GAZA STRIP

SHUJAYEA NEIGHBORHOOD

Around 20 members of the Shamali family live in one makeshift shelter in Shujayea neighborhood, east of Gaza city.

12

al-Tuffah neighborood, Gaza City

 

GAZA STRIP

AL-TUFFAH NEIGHBORHOOD

18 members of the Abu Shanab family stay in one shelter, next to their destroyed home, in al-Tuffah neighbourhood, east of Gaza city. The head of the family, Rabah Abu Shanab, had to borrow around $4,000 to build the shelter.

 

"Everybody [the charities] is collecting funds for Gaza but we don’t see anything of it"

ABU SHANAB

13

Beit Hanoun, North Gaza

 

GAZA STRIP

BEIT HANOUN

Photos of the 8 members of the Wahdan family, killed during an attack on their home on August 5, 2014, are displayed in the makeshift shelter where their relatives moved in.

14

Juhor ad-deek, Gaza City

 

GAZA STRIP

JUHOR

AD-DEEK

Two girls in Juhor ad-deek standing in front of the makeshift shelter where they live next to their destroyed home.

15

Khuza'a village, Khan Yunis

 

GAZA STRIP

KHUZA'A VILLAGE

"There is no news about the rebuilding and no one is looking after us", says Souad Al-Najjar.

16

Juhor ad-deek, Gaza City

 

GAZA STRIP

JUHOR

AD-DEEK

Oxfam announced that the rebuilding of homes, schools and hospitals in Gaza could take more than a century to complete unless an Israeli blockade restricting imports of construction materials into the Gaza Strip is lifted.

 

Gaza's

makeshift

shelters

A PHOTO ESSAY BY AL JAZEERA ENGLISH

By Anne Paq and Basel Yazouri

Activestills Photo collective

 

Konstantinos Antonopoulos Design

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