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Reference : V-P-IL-E-02845
Date : 16/06/2015
Caption : Gaza, Al-Qarara area. Saber Al Breim receives help from the ICRC to cultivate land.
Photographer : ALWAHEIDI, Nidal
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC website, article from the 9th July 2015:

" [...] Saber Al Breim, 37-years-old, is married with six children and lives in the al-Qarara area in Gaza. Saber's home was one of many damaged during the conflict. His land was completely destroyed.

1,400 farmers in the region received wheat and peas from the ICRC, along with fertilizer. Their lands were also levelled.

Saber's wife, son and other relatives helped him during the recent wheat harvest season.

[…] 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 : 4980x3174
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour