Headline March 14, 2018/ '' 'GAZA'S 'HOPE-DESPAIR' GULPS' ''


''WE ARE ALL IN THE GUTTER, BUT some of use are looking even further down'' A great truth  from one Pakistani newspaper...........

This super insight comes from the original version of this very great critic and Philosopher, Oscar Wilde : ''We are all in the  gutter, yet some of us are looking at the stars.''

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Mostly descendants of the people who  were driven out or fled from territory that is now Israel at its founding in 1948 - are packed into the narrow Gaza Strip, which shares borders with Israel and Egypt.

AMIDST THE POVERTY AND DEPRIVATION of the Gaza Strip, Palestinian women struggle to find a taste of normality that is taken for granted in much of the rest of the world.

Nada Rudwan used to work in digital marketing, but as her work slowed, unemployment in Gaza stands at nearly 50 percent - she decided to put her tech skills towards one of her passions : cooking.

''It was difficult to find a job, so I thought of doing something I like and that will make money at the same time,'' said Rudwan, 27, who posts cooking tutorials to social media platforms under the name  ''Nada Kitchen''.

Rudwan said she earns income from YouTube proceeds and that several companies in Saudi Arabia  recently purchased her videos.

''It is an attempt to break the  physical blockade of  Gaza by finding a job that just needs some talent, a camera and Internet connection,'' she said.

Israel maintains tight control of Gaza's land and sea borders, citing security concerns emanating from Hamas, the Islamist group which controls the coastal territory.

Egypt also restricts movement in and out of Gaza on its border.

Those restrictions have devastated Gaza's economy and left many of its women, like Rudwan's  younger sister struggling to find work after graduating from college.

''It's hard to find a job that will allow you to take care of your needs,'' said Lama Rudwan, 22, a  media and communications graduate who joined her sister's cooking project after an unsuccessful  job search.

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Some young women in Gaza speak of struggles in their personal lives, as well.

They say shopping and even getting married is made more difficult by the restrictions of Israel, which has fought three wars with Hamas over the past decade.

Hana Abu-EL-Roos, 18 said she plans to get married this summer but can't find items she needs for her wedding in any of Gaza's shops.

''I haven't picked my wedding dress yet,'' said EL-Roos who is also busy preparing for her final high school exams. I am confused. My sisters are helping me.''

Other Gaza women say community pressures weigh on them as they seek to bypass Gaza's economic  struggles by working jobs which some see as non-traditional.

Sahar Yaghi took up work as a wedding planner soon after dropping out of university to earn income for her family.

Yaghi's party-planning requires her to stay up night. She said she sometimes hears some of her neighbours, who view her work as inappropriate, making comments about her 

''I hate some comments. But I love my job and hope to have my own business,'' Yaghi, 28, said  adding that she wants to become the ''fist female party planner'' in Gaza.

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