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Reference : V-P-IL-E-02840
Date : 16/06/2015
Caption : Gaza, Al-Qarara. Mosa Al-Astal, father of ten, was helped by the ICRC to re-level his land and make it farmable again.
Photographer : s.n.
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description :
ICRC website, article from the 9th July 2015:

"[...] Mosa Al-Astal, has been a farmer for 15 years in al-Qarara. His land, including the irrigation system and all the trees, were destroyed during the conflict. Mosa also received cash to plant new crops and chose to cultivate okra.
"The ICRC project encouraged me to cultivate my land again. I decided to plant okra because it requires less water and produces crops for a longer period. I hope other farmers are also able to farm their lands again."

[…] Hundreds of hectares of agricultural land along Gaza's border with Israel were destroyed during the conflict in 2014. Homes and irrigation systems were also destroyed, or severely damaged. The impact on the local economy was huge, with many farmers left without a source of income to provide for their families.
To help local farmers get back on their feet, the ICRC facilitated the clearing of unexploded remnants of war, and worked tirelessly to relevel the damaged agricultural land, to make it arable again.
The relevelling of the land was a race against time to finish before the rainy season arrived, with 24 bulldozers working from sunrise to sunset every day for two months.
One third of the agricultural land of the Gaza Strip is along the border with Israel. The land is considered to be the "bread basket" for the population of Gaza. […]”
Original material : digital
Resolution : 4432x2985
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour