Life in Gaza Was Hell. They Managed to Escape. These Are Their Stories

Oppression by Hamas and the Israeli occupation, grinding poverty, domestic violence, shattered dreams, an arduous escape and difficult conditions in a refugee camp – such are the lives of Gazans in exile on the Greek island of Leros

Credit: Ofir Berman
Ofir Berman
Ofir Berman

Mohammed, 27, from Jabalya refugee camp

We were at sea for six long hours, dozens of people crammed into a small rubber dinghy. I could feel the arm of Sarah, the Syrian girl, stretching toward me while I daydreamed about freedom, which looked closer than ever. The dream shatters with a big wave that floods the dinghy. In my heart, I was afraid, but I felt safer on the open sea than in merciless Gaza.