When Monique Jacques first travelled to Gaza, what stood out to her was not the barbed wire, the armed soldiers or the drones — it was “the strength, creativity and vibrancy of Palestinian girls and young women.” Despite the ongoing conflict with Israel and the restrictions placed on their movements, their lives are filled with “everyday moments of joy and hope.”
Monique returned to Gaza over the next five years, determined to capture an authentic look at Palestinian girls. “So often we see Gaza through a dimensional lens of violence and conflict,” Monique explains. “Stories about quieter moments like these are often overlooked, though they offer a powerful look into world unseen by many. ”
Monique shares photos and captions from her book, “Gaza Girls: Growing Up in the Gaza Strip.”
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About the Photographer
Monique Jaques is an Istanbul based photojournalist working in the Middle East and Africa. Her book, “Gaza Girls,” captures moments of joy and hope in the lives of Palestinian girls and young women.