A young life in Gaza, shattered

Source: theglobeandmail.com theglobeandmail.com

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The beach, there was always the beach. In spite of the hardships in prewar Gaza – undrinkable water, sporadic electricity, crushing unemployment – the glorious Gazan beaches represented a slice of freedom, of softness, of limitless horizons for a people who had lived under tight blockade in a tight space since 2007. Just before sunrise on Oct. 7, 2023, Nada Thabet Dughmosh, a 24-year-old interior-design student at Al-Aqsa University, did what she almost always did before starting her day: She walked the beach in Gaza City, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. As she strolled in the sand,...