Do Gazans ever have fun? Is the Strip beautiful? And do TV reports actually reflect ordinary life inside the world's largest 'open-air prison'? From beautiful beaches to sealed borders, from a secret New Year's Eve party to a lingerie market staffed entirely by men, award-winning writer Louisa Waugh paints an intimate picture of Gaza, revealing the pleasures and pains, hopes and frustrations of Gazans going about their daily lives. Meet Me in Gaza is an evocative portrait of a Mediterranean land and its people, and a touching account of what it means to be Gazan.
Meet Me in Gaza: Uncommon Stories of Life Inside the Strip
Glossary 7 Introduction 11 Part One Hammam al-Samara 17 The hafla 26 Moles in damp tunnels 30 Sun and moon letters 43 Even the foreigners are escaping! 56 Gaza from the air 67 Coffee and cigarettes 76 Zift 79 Scents of history 88 Great night for a party! 95 Tom and Jerry 103 Part Two The milking station 113 Why no one visits the Swailams 120 Catherine and the Tulip 129 Rocket talk 136 Shortly before six in the morning 142 Part Three Pleasure at the weekend 147 Of all the ports 158 Sea creatures 170 Ramadan for Christians 177 Operation Smile and Hope 186 Bedouin 193 Bell jar 196 Part Four The Fridge 209 Bruno does tension zones 216 How-How 222 Muhammad and all the things he might have done 230 The Mathaf 236 Imagining A. Love 240 part five The same but now different 251 The cage 263 Abu Nidal goes first class to Cairo 270 Chance of rain: zero per cent 279 The Wadi of Pleasure 286 Epilogue 294 Acknowledgements 297 Notes 299