Gazan girls dodge danger and prejudice on high seas


They are perhaps the only fisherwomen in Gaza. Madeleine and her sister Rim dive beneath the waves, in long trousers and headscarves, every day before school — earning just enough for them and their paralysed father to get by.

Madeleine would rather go to school but since two years she is working. Everyday, she rows her wooden skiff out into Gaza’s heavily-patrolled waters. Her father, fisherman himself, was suddenly struck with palsy and cannot fish anymore.

Since she is 16 years old, as the eldest child, she has to assume the role of feeding her family. Madeleine managed to make her way in a man-dominated world. In the Gaza strip, women rarely venture to the sea even just to swim. Her brother, Qaid and Karim and her sister Rim help her when they are not at school. Madeleine, probably the only woman fishing in Gaza, dreams that, in a few years, she might be able to go back to school and university.

The following pictures were reproduced from Pauline Beugnies, a documentary photographer. Please check out her really wonderful work HERE.

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