Camera for Gaza Photographer

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Raised by 26 people in 11 days
I am Ashraf Amra, a 33-year-old independent photographer from Gaza. I am originally from Beersheba, where my grandparents were expelled from in 1948. I was born in Deir Al Balah refugee camp in the central Strip. I have five children between the ages of two and eight, four girls and one boy.

I have been working as a journalist since I was 18, but my special interest was always with photography. It has come to mean everything to me as a hobby and as my sole source of income. Every day, I go to the most dangerous places in the Gaza Strip to take photos, in order to bring food to my children. I have won seven prizes on both the international and local level with my photography.

One year ago, I had saved some money, borrowed money from a friend, and managed to buy my dream camera, the Canon D5 mark III. Two months ago, I managed to buy a zoom lens, Canon 70 - 200 2.8. It allows me to photograph soldiers from a far distance.

But when I went to cover the clashes that are part of the Great March of Return, the camera fell out of my bag. It landed on concrete. The camera was broken and the lens now only works half of the time. I tried to have them fixed but they told me they couldn't do it. I could not afford insurance. Losing this material was a great financial tragedy for me as it was my source of income and, at a value of $4,000, I had invested all my money in it.

Since Gaza has been suffocated by almost 12 years of blockade, there are no jobs. Documenting our situation and selling the pictures is one of our only sources of income. I am not employed with any agency so I have to pay for the damage myself.

Please consider donating to help me reclaim my livelihood and passion. All small bits help.

Below you can see some of my work.

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