2014 Photo Contest, Daily Life, 2nd prize

Occupied Pleasures


Tanya Habjouqa

31 May, 2013

A woman plays with two lion cubs, born in the Rafah Zoo. Gazan zookeepers are renowned for their creativity under difficult circumstances, having famously once painted a donkey as a zebra, and also smuggled animals in through secret tunnels, and stuffed them once they were dead, as they were not easy to replace.

More than four million people live in Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem, often in overcrowded or deprived conditions. People’s movements are circumscribed and the threat of violence never quite goes away. Yet although the challenges of conflict and occupation overhang everyday life, people are not solely focused on the difficulties of survival.

About the photographer

Tanya Habjouqa

She approaches her subjects with sensitivity and an eye for the absurd. She is the author of Occupied Pleasures, heralded by TIME magazine and the Smithsonian as one of the best ...

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