- Title: Gaza artist paints on the remains of her demolished house
- Date: 30th June 2021
- Summary: RAFAH, GAZA (JUNE 28, 2021) (REUTERS) 26-YEAR-OLD PALESTINIAN ARTIST, SAJA MOUSA, SEEN FROM BEHIND A WINDOW OF A DAMAGED HOUSE WHILE PAINTING MOUSA PAINTING ON STONE VARIOUS OF MOUSA PAINTING PALESTINIAN FLAG ON THE RUINS OF HER HOUSE VARIOUS OF MOUSA INSIDE HER DAMAGED HOUSE WITH PIECES OF PAINTED RUBBLE ON HER WINDOWSILL (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) 26-YEAR-OLD PALESTINIAN ARTIST, SAJA MOUSA, SAYING: "Today I paint with utter sadness, with extreme pain. There is a huge difference between my feelings while painting today and my feelings (painting) before. Today I draw on ruins, on rockets, on rocks and rubble." MOUSA DUSTING OFF A STONE IN FRONT OF HER HOUSE RAFAH, GAZA (JUNE 28, 2021) (REUTERS) (MUTE) TIME-LAPSE OF MOUSA PAINTING ON REMAINS OF DAMAGED HOUSE RAFAH, GAZA (JUNE 28, 2021) (REUTERS) MOUSA WALKING OVER RUBBLE AND RUINS OF DAMAGED HOUSE VARIOUS OF MOUSA STANDING INSIDE HER DAMAGED HOUSE (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PALESTINIAN ARTIST, SAJA MOUSA, SAYING: "They should reconstruct Gaza. Gaza has become gloomy, There isn't a single street free of destruction, there isn't a street without a destroyed house. I hope they will rebuild the houses that were destroyed. All houses should be re-constructed as soon as possible. This is my house; I feel pessimistic everyday when I see this massive amount of damage to my house." MOUSA CARRYING HER SON / PAINT SEEN ON DESTROYED PARTS OF HOUSE (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PALESTINIAN ARTIST, SAJA MOUSA, SAYING: "I chose stone, because stone is a witness to the suffering, a witness to the destruction, a witness to the crime, a witness to the sound of fear that we lived." MOUSA'S REFLECTION ON A BROKEN MIRROR VARIOUS OF MOUSA PAINTING ON REMAINS OF MISSILE MOUSA HOLDING STONE PAINTED WITH THE MAP OF HISTORIC PALESTINE AND PALESTINIAN SYMBOLS AREA AROUND MOUSA'S HOUSE, DESTRUCTION SEEN IN NEIGHBORHOOD MOUSA'S HOUSE IN RUINS MOUSA LOOKING OUT OF HER DAMAGED HOUSE
- Embargoed: 14th July 2021 09:50
- Keywords: Art Destruction Gaza Homes Israel War
- Location: RAFAH, GAZA
- City: RAFAH, GAZA
- Country: Palestinian Territories
- Topics: Art,Arts/Culture/Entertainment,Middle East
- Reuters ID: LVA001EJLG0NP
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Walking through piles of rubble and debris, 26-year-old Gazan artist Saja Mousa, assessed the damage to her house hit by Israeli air strikes around a month ago.
She picked up pieces of stone and searched for shrapnel and missiles to turn them into pieces of art.
Using green, red, white and black, almost all of her art pieces adorned the colors of the Palestinian flag.
To Mousa, her artwork is a witness to the destruction that befell the enclave.
"I chose stone, because stone is a witness to the suffering, a witness to the destruction, a witness to the crime, a witness to the sound of fear that we lived," she said.
Looking through her window, the destruction of the eleven-day war had not spared most of her neighborhood, casting a feeling of gloom.
"They should reconstruct Gaza. Gaza became gloomy, There isn't a single street free of destruction, there isn't a street without a destroyed house. I hope they will rebuild the houses that were destroyed," said Mousa.
The war that saw the worst hostilities in years between Hamas and Israel ended on Friday (May 21) with a ceasefire, which appears to be holding.
(Production: Fadi Shana, Bassam Massoud, Mustafa Abu Ganeyeh, Roleen Tafakji)
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