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Game of Life and Death Continues

Seven-year-old Ahmed Haslan was playing at a neighbor's house last week, in the village of Shujayeh, near Gaza's border with Israel, when a bullet struck him in the head, leaving him within an inch of his life.

Dr. Omar Al-Manassra, a trauma physician at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, where Haslan is in critical condition, held an x-ray of Haslan's head, pointing to the bullet that remains lodged in his skull.

The Living

Note from the photographer:

"The images are meant to go beyond 'current events'. The panels were made to capture the living, those left behind by the dead, to carry out tasks of finding their buried dead, reconstruction, burial, mourning, sorrow, and stoicism. The images are about the living, not about the dead or the mayhem. About what is left behind when both the violence ends and the news media walks away, the aftermath situations to which we rarely pay attention, and the sheer human courage needed to live through it." - Asim Rafiqui

In Israel's Wake: A Month in Gaza

"Elliott Woods arrived in Gaza two days before Israel declared a unilateral cease-fire, ending its devastating twenty-two day offensive against Hamas. While in Gaza, he has photographed the damage left in the wake of Israel's air and land campaign extensively. He is currently covering Gazan politics and culture for the Pulitzer Center."

War Crimes

Elliott Woods and Asim Rafiqui, for the Pulitzer CenterThere has been a lot of talk about allegations of Israeli war crimes during Israel's recent three-week war on Hamas.  Obviously, as journalists, we are not in a position to prosecute or arrest suspected offenders — but we do have a responsibility to report what we see, and to not shy from the evidence and the real story of violent and unnecessary destruction here for the sake of appealing to American media audiences, who may have little or no interest in stories about human suffering, wanton demolishing of civilian structures, or anything else that portrays the Israeli operation as anything other than a normal modern military action against a discrete threat.Working in the wake of the Israeli offensive — among the heaps of wrecked homes and wrecked lives — is not easy, though obviously Asim and I are keenly aware that our professional difficulties pale in comparison to the sorrow and hardship that Gazans are experiencing at the moment, as they try to piece together their broken world, as they struggle to collect themselves from a brutal beating without any justification. 

The Familiarity Of It All: Photographing The Gaza Aftermath

Asim Rafiqui, for the Pulitzer Center

On the Getty Images archive you can type in 'Gaza Destroyed' and retrieve over 5,500 images to select from. If you run the query 'Gaza Funerals' you will get back over 7,000 images. I was unable to check the Corbis archives because at the time of writing this entry their site was undergoing maintenance. But I am confident that I would find a similarly large number of images for both the queries above.

Zeitoun Becomes a Symbol

A month ago, when Abdel Al-Arkan looked out of his living room window, he saw groves of olive and orange trees stretching toward the Israeli border, their branches sagging with fruit.

Al-Arkan’s window is gone now, shattered by an Israeli air strike. The trees are gone, too, torn up by tank treads, replaced by fields of reddish dirt. When he peers through the shards, Al-Arkan, 31, sees the post-apocalyptic wreckage of his neighbors’ homes, reduced to tangled heaps of concrete and re-bar.

Rebuilding Gaza Beset by Hamas

Mohammad Awad was so happy when the lights came back on that he didn't want to go bed.

A trickle of electricity started flowing into Gaza City four days ago after Israel announced a unilateral cease-fire. Gazans such as Mr. Awad, 23, an engineering student, are relishing the whir of refrigerators and the distraction of television - conveniences they had to live without during three weeks of Israeli bombardment.

Nigeria's Deadly Land Clashes

Inhabitants of this village of mud houses in northern Nigeria say they woke December 12 to find 5,000 cattle chomping through their ripe crops. The grain farmers are mostly of the Hausa ethnic group while the cattle owners are Fulani nomads.

"We sent for the police and district head but in the meantime we couldn't just stand by and do nothing," said village representative Maiunguwa Garba. The dispute in this remote part of Katsina province was settled long before any law enforcement arrived.

Gazans Weary of Hamas' Violent Policies

Ahmed Abu Arida, 41, was standing on the roof of his apartment building at 11:30 p.m. on New Year's Eve, watching Israeli jets pound the city around him.

"The explosions were very loud," Mr. Arida said, "but they seemed far away."

Then he heard screaming from the rooms below.

"Ahmed, Ahmed, Ahmed, I am here," he said, remembering the words of Iman Arida, 32, the mother of his seven children. "Those are the last words she ever spoke," he said.

Nigeria: A Conversation with Economist Shuaibu Idris

In my last blog entry I wrote about the many commercial farms in northern Nigeria that have failed. I wrote that my visiting them did not help me much in fathoming what went wrong with them all. But I have since gotten more clues from talking with various experts such as Shuaibu Idris a development economist and the Executive Director of Dangote Flour Mills. He talked to me about some of the local and international constraints that big farmers face as well as the constraints faced by small peasant farmers.