Photo credit: Suha Najjar
Date taken: August 28, 2013
Location: Jabalya, Gaza Strip, Palestine
The sun hazily rises on Jabalya in the north of the Gaza Strip.
This photo, cropped and edited on Instagram, shows one of the photographer’s final experiences in Gaza before returning to school abroad. For many Palestinians in the diaspora, visiting Palestine is so fraught with uncertainty and with challenges from Israeli and Egyptian authorities that these moments often become final farewells. For those that do manage to return, this becomes the scene they hope to return to. Ask anyone recently returned from Palestine to explain their last day in this beautiful country and they will produce a romantic photograph much like this one.