Stefania Mizara

Gaza War Days

I entered Gaza with a group of doctors late in the evening of 12 January 2009. It was my first time in an active war zone, and I was feeling kind of nervous. Later, fear came violently as the sound of bombs woke me up at night. After a while, I got used to it, as people said it happens. You actually do get used to it but only superficially. You just learn to get back to sleep, even though anything can happen anywhere, and there is no safe place to hide.

The city of Gaza during the bombing was a ghost town. No one wanders in the streets, all the doors are locked, the windows wide open, only distant blasts and explosions rip the darkness.

The issue is not just to present the photos but to recreate this feeling of darkness, fear and danger I experienced when I was there.

Stefania Mizara
Film by: Giorgos Kouvaras

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