Gaza has the highest density population in the world, around 5000 persons living in 1 km2
The current situation of Gaza is drastically deteriorating. Gaza is suffering an unprecedented level of total isolation from the rest of human contact outside Gaza’s borders. The devastating impacts of the ongoing Israeli blockade are very visible in the daily life of Palestinians in Gaza. The daily social conversations of people here in Gaza are about shortage of power supply, closure of the Rafah crossing point, the availability of food items at Gaza markets.
Gaza streets are full of power supply generators prepared to compensate for hours of shortage.
The blockade has gone further away that its impact touches the social fabric of the community and the psychological status of people. To elaborate, a good part of any evening discussion in my family goes to talk about the cut of electricity, which has reached an unprecedented level of twelve hours power supply shortage per day. My mother felt happy the other day, as the electricity was not cut off at the scheduled time, so she could finish what remained of housework. My siblings have to arrange their time according to the schedule of electricity to do their studying and homework for school. When electricity is off, they rely on candlelight. My mother uses the same light of candles to prepare food and look after my siblings. This has been the scenario of daily life in Gaza for seven years.
power supply generator made up of battery and invertor I bought to compensate the electricity shortage and to avoid the noise of gas generators.
The evenings of Gaza have been incredibly noisy as Palestinians depend on generators to compensate for the shortage of power supply in Gaza. The use of generators is not only bad for the environment because of the toxic exhaust it produces but also the absolute noise disturbances for peoples’ psychological tranquility. I live in a very populated neighborhood in Gaza city. From the window, only concrete walls can be seen due to the intense density of people living in the neighborhood. The devastating impact of living in such a crowded neighborhood is that it shrinks your horizon of hope. Every night people start to count the hours, minute by minute, until the power supply resumes so people can have a proper sleep at night. From my perspective, the electricity cut in Gaza has had an extreme negative psychological impact on me. When power supply is off, I have the feeling of being disconnected from the rest of my human community located out of Gaza borders. Within a period of eight months, two expensive power supply generator systems have been bought in order not to lose this sense of human connection with my friends abroad.
my mother uses the candlelight while preparing food
The humanitarian catastrophe happening in Gaza is a disgrace to humanity, and to all those witnessing silently the collective punishment policy destroying the essence of hope and humanity of the population of 1.6 million people, of which almost 50 percent is younger than 18 years old. This inhumane blockade must end now because it is not about discussing politics but rather daily life of human beings.
Nights in Gaza are dark when power supply is off
My young sister, Raghad studying and doing her school lessons using the gaslight.