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Reference : V-P-IL-E-02848
Date : 17/06/2015
Caption : Gaza, east of Deir el-Balah. Atwa ElMani benefited from the help of the ICRC to fix the net and plastic sheets for his crops.
Photographer : ALWAHEIDI, Nidal
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC website, article from the 9th July 2015:

“[…] Atwa ElMani, 45-years-old, is a father of five from east of Deir el-Balah.
"The net and the plastic sheets over my crops should be changed every two years, but due to my limited financial resources, I can only change these every 5 years – this has affected the productivity and quality of my crops."
Plastic sheeting and nets covering the greenhouses were damaged during the 2014 conflict. Now that they are fixed, Atwa is looking forward to a better and more productive 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 : 5067x3410
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour