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‘Ayesha Ibrahim, 36, describes work as blacksmith in Gaza City

I live with my husband and our children, six girls and a little boy, in a rented apartment in the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood of Gaza City. We moved into this apartment a year ago and a charity pays ou
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Amal ‘Obeid, 45, describes working as a self-employed carpenter in Gaza

I’m a carpenter and have been working on my own for several years now. I was born in Gaza but in 1993, I married my cousin who lives in Ramle, in Israel. I lived with him in Ramle and we had a daughte
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Huda Abu Mustafa, 53, describes working a laborer in the Khan Yunis vegetable market

I live with my mother, who is elderly and cannot care for herself, and with my sister, who has cancer, in an apartment in Khan Yunis. For nine years now, I’ve worked carrying crates and sorting vegeta
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Salem Mu’tan, 100, talks about life in Burqah from his youth to the present day, and about his longing for the land to which he’s been denied access

View of the village of Burqah. Photo: B'Tselem I was born in Burqah in 1914. If memory serves, I was born here and lived here under Turkish, British, Jordanian, Israeli and Palestinian rules. Througho
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Nizam Mu’tan from the village of Burqah talks about his family’s inaccessible land and their financial difficulties due to village road closures.

Nizam Mu’tan next to one of his plots of land. Photo: Iyad Hadad, B'Tselem I come from a family that lives off farming and shepherding, and I’ve been working in farming since I was 13 years old. I hav
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Faten Nawabit, a high school teacher who moved to Burqah following her marriage, relates how hard it is to visit her family outside the village, and how the situation in the village affects her students

Faten Nawabit in her classroom. Photo: Iyad Hadad, B'Tselem, 1 April 2014 My family is from the village of Rantis. I was born in Kuwait because my father worked there, but we moved back to Rantis in 1
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Lana Kan'an, a 21-year-old student talks about the stifling feeling that comes of living in Burqah, a village surrounded by settlements and cut off from access roads

I live in Burqah. We are a family of ten: my parents, three sons and five daughters. My father is an educated man. He has a Master’s degree in engineering and he values education, so he made a real ef
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Maha Hijawi, Nablus resident, granted only one permit to visit relatives in her native Gaza since 2000

Maha Hijawi, 51 I was born in Gaza. I studied at a-Najah University in Nablus [the West Bank]. That’s where I met my husband. We got married in 1980 and I moved to Nablus to live with him there. I use
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Maisoun al-Haj ‘Ali and her children live in Gaza, while her husband works in the West Bank; they’ve seen him only once since 2008

Maisoun al-Haj ‘Ali I live with my four children – my daughters Aya, 11 and Inas, 8; and my sons Muhammad, 6, and Rami, 5 – in an apartment in a-Sheikh Radwan neighborhood in Gaza City. My husband, Ib
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Najah Hamdan was denied the chance to say her goodbyes to her parents in Gaza before they passed away

Najah Hamdan, 53 I was born in Gaza. My family lives in Jabalya refugee camp. Thirty-three years ago, I married a resident of Bethlehem and moved here. In the early years, there was no problem travell