Mentally Disabled and Chained in Gaza

Collection with 19 media items created by Sanaa Kamal

21 Oct 2014 21:00

October 22, 2014
Beit Hanoun, Gaza Strip

21-year-old Jamil Attia Za’anin is one of thousands of Gazans who’s home was destroyed in the 2014 summer war with Israel. However, Jamil’s case is particularly bad as he suffers from a neurological disorder that has left him severely mentally disabled. Jamil now lives in a shack with his family with no access to proper healthcare. In fact, his disability itself is symptomatic of the living conditions in Gaza, as it is a result of substandard healthcare in the coastal enclave.

Jamil now spends his days chained in front of his temporary home because there is nowhere for him to go and his family fears he may run away. His younger brother Mohammad is also mentally disabled, albeit to less severe degree. The family’s situation is particularly desperate as their father Attaya is too old to work. Left with no working age males in the family, they are forced to rely on food handouts from the United Nations. The family now spends their days salvaging the rubble from their destroyed home, struggling to find enough money to eat, and trying to keep their two disabled boys safe and healthy.

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Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal
21 Oct 2014

October 22, 2014
Gaza, Palestine

Jamil Attia Za'anin, 21, came down with a spinal fever 16 years ago, when he was just a child. Poor health care infrastructure in Gaza meant that doctors could not properly, so the disease spread to his brain, leaving him handicapped. He lives with his ten family members in a shack in the town of Beit Hanoun in the north of the Gaza Strip. Jamil has a younger brother Mohammed, 19, who is also handicapped and the family's situation was made even worse after their house was destroyed in the recent war with Israel.

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Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal
21 Oct 2014

October 22, 2014
Gaza, Palestine

Jamil's brother Mohammed, 19, is also handicapped but with a less severe condition. He is free during the day but when night falls his family tie up his feet for fear that he will escape from his home and get lost in the streets.

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Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal
21 Oct 2014

October 22, 2014
Gaza, Palestine

During the war Atteya and his family left their house in Beit Hanoun and came back to find it completely destroyed. Atteya's situation is extremely difficult as he is too old to work and so relies on handouts from donors, such as UNRWA, to provide food for his family.

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Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal
21 Oct 2014

October 22, 2014
Gaza, Palestine

Ateyah Zaanin, 60, amongst the rubble of his family home. He and his family are waiting to be rehoused in a caravan because their house was destroyed in the recent war with Israel. Ateyah and his family are in a difficult situation. He is too old to work and two of his sons are handicapped and require constant care. The unemployment rate in the Gaza Strip is estimated to be around 65% as announced by the Center for Statistics.

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Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal
22 Oct 2014

October 22, 2014
Gaza, Palestine

Ateyah Zaanin, 60, and his son Mohammed amongst the rubble of their house. They are waiting to be rehoused in a caravan because their house was destroyed in the recent war with Israel. Ateyah and his family are in a difficult situation. He is too old to work and two of his sons are handicapped and require constant care. The unemployment rate in the Gaza Strip is estimated to be around 65% as announced by the Center for Statistics.

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Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal
22 Oct 2014

October 22, 2014
Gaza, Palestine

During the war Atteya and his family left their house in Beit Hanoun and came back to find it completely destroyed. Atteya's situation is extremely difficult as he is too old to work and so relies on handouts from donors, such as UNRWA, to provide food for his family.

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Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal
22 Oct 2014

October 22, 2014
Gaza, Palestine

Ateyah Zaanin, 60, and his son Mohammed amongst the rubble of their house. They are waiting to be rehoused in a caravan because their house was destroyed in the recent war with Israel. Ateyah and his family are in a difficult situation. He is too old to work and two of his sons are handicapped and require constant care. The unemployment rate in the Gaza Strip is estimated to be around 65% as announced by the Center for Statistics.

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Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal
21 Oct 2014

October 22, 2014
Gaza, Palestine

During the war Atteya and his family left their house in Beit Hanoun and came back to find it completely destroyed. Atteya's situation is extremely difficult as he is too old to work and so relies on handouts from donors, such as UNRWA, to provide food for his family.

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Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal
21 Oct 2014

October 22, 2014
Gaza, Palestine

Jamil's sister Shereen, 19, is a student at Alquds University in Gaza. She hopes to continue her studies but also wants to help her family to live a normal life.

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Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal
21 Oct 2014

October 22, 2014
Gaza, Palestine

Jamil's brother Mohammed, 19, is also handicapped but with a less severe condition. He is free during the day but when night falls his family tie up his feet for fear that he will escape from his home and get lost in the streets.

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Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal
22 Oct 2014

October 22, 2014
Gaza, Palestine

Jamil's family are afraid that he will run away from home and get lost in the streets, where he would be subjected to harassment by children and adults, so they keep him chained up at all times. Jamil's mother Donia Za'anin, 52, says that her son suffers from a severe neurological disorder. She fears that he might escape as he can walk for hours without tiring.

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Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal
21 Oct 2014

October 22, 2014
Gaza, Palestine

Jamil with his younger brother Mohammed. Whenever Mohammad tries taking with Jamil they almost always end up in a quarrel. The brothers do not get along particularly well, so the family keep them separated.

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Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal
21 Oct 2014

October 22, 2014
Gaza, Palestine

Jamil's family are afraid that he will run away from home and get lost in the streets, where he would be subjected to harassment by children and adults, so they keep him chained up at all times. Jamil's mother Donia Za'anin, 52, says that her son suffers from a severe neurological disorder. She fears that he might escape as he can walk for hours without tiring.

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Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal
21 Oct 2014

October 22, 2014
Gaza, Palestine

Jamil's family are afraid that he will run away from home and get lost in the streets, where he would be subjected to harassment by children and adults, so they keep him chained up at all times. Jamil's mother Donia Za'anin, 52, says that her son suffers from a severe neurological disorder. She fears that he might escape as he can walk for hours without tiring.

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Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal
21 Oct 2014

October 22, 2014
Gaza, Palestine

Jamil's family are afraid that he will run away from home and get lost in the streets, where he would be subjected to harassment by children and adults, so they keep him chained up at all times. Jamil's mother Donia Za'anin, 52, says that her son suffers from a severe neurological disorder. She fears that he might escape as he can walk for hours without tiring.

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Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal
21 Oct 2014

October 22, 2014
Gaza, Palestine

Jamil Attia Za'anin with his mother Donia Za'anin. Jamil, 21, developed a spinal condition 16 years ago when he was just a child. Poor healthcare infrastructure in Gaza meant that doctors could not properly treat Jamil, so the disease spread to his brain, leaving him handicapped. Jamil lives with his ten family members in a shack in the town of Beit Hanoun in the north of the Gaza Strip. He has a younger brother Mohammed, 19, who is also handicapped and the family's situation was made even worse after their house was destroyed in the recent war with Israel.

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Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal
21 Oct 2014

October 22, 2014
Gaza, Palestine

Ateyah Zaanin looks through whats left of his house which was destroyed in the recent Israeli war. He hopes that his family will be rehoused in caravans but up until now they have received little help.

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Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal
21 Oct 2014

October 22, 2014
Gaza, Palestine

Jamil's brother Mohammed, 19, is also handicapped but with a less severe condition. He is free during the day but when night falls his family tie up his feet for fear that he will escape from his home and get lost in the streets.

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Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal
21 Oct 2014

October 22, 2014
Gaza, Palestine

Jamil's sister Shereen, 19, is a student at Alquds University in Gaza. She hopes to continue her studies but also wants to help her family to live a normal life.