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Reference : V-P-IL-E-04181
Date : 16/05/2023
Caption : Gaza. Portrait of a teenager who had to evacuate her house during the recent escalation of hostilities.
Photographer : MHANNA, Hisham
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : Source: ICRC website, article 31/05/23

"The five days of conflict in May 2023 caused death, injury, and destruction for residents of Gaza, many of whom have not yet begun to psychologically, physically or financially heal from their experiences in May 2021 and August 2022.
"In the days after a ceasefire was announced, the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) and the ICRC began responding to urgent needs. While communities held their breath to see if the agreement would hold, PRCS and ICRC teams assessed broken homes. Cash assistance and household items were provided to the most vulnerable. This helps them to cover immediate emergency needs and begin the process of rebuilding their lives."
"Preparing for the future is a tightrope walk between fear and exhaustion. Looking forward is an uncertain game when you are forced to focus on the here and now of rebuilding, yet again.
“I was supposed to have the midterm exams next week. I cannot go to school. I will fail this year. I lost all my books and notes, and now I have no place to study or sleep.” - Rima
"Despite this unknown, community members will continue to rebuild. There is no other choice."
Original material : digital
Resolution : 3984x2656
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour