The other side of Gaza: Swimming, canoeing and 'trying' to be a child

Dekker, Stefanie

Publisher:  Al Jazeera
Date Written:  02/08/2018
Year Published:  2018  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX22849

Here in Gaza, I want to tell this story. To show our audience a piece of a normal life, away from Hamas, or Israel's "terror" rhetoric, away from the diplomatic efforts, the political bargaining, away from the weekly Friday protests. Just show you something normal.



Abu Ayman takes us to a swimming pool, just behind the beach. It's covered from the sun with a wooden thatched roof. The dappled shade reflects off eleven young boys who stand on the side, waiting for his orders to jump in.

Swimming lessons are certainly not for everyone either - you have to pay - hardly anyone here can afford this luxury.

But these days it is impossible to report on life in Gaza, without mentioning the crippling effects of the siege - including the sanctions imposed on Gaza by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

The economy has ground to a halt - many salaries have been cut by 50 percent - and people forced into early retirement. A lot of it is due to Palestinian in-fighting.

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