Wheelchair-bound photographer takes on Gaza – video

Wednesday, 14 March 2012 | By Noora Faraj | Al Arabiya with Agencies

Twenty three-year-old Moumen Qaragi roves the streets of Gaza covering stories as a freelance photographer — all while being confined to his wheelchair.

Qaragi is a self-taught photographer who picked up skills when he was a teenager and went on to develop his career just before he was injured in a crosspoint shooting in 2008.

Then he was shot by Israeli guards at the Kami crosspoint while working on a feature on Gaza’s economy. Both his legs sustained severe injuries which led to their amputation.

While receiving medical treatment, Israel forces launched an attack on Gaza, and Qaragi was able to capture the horrors of it.

“After my first injury, they amputated my legs. I was in the hospital and the war started. I was in the hospital and from the window of my hospital room, I was taking photos of the war, of the injured arriving at the hospital. I went to Saudi Arabia for treatment and after a long period, thank God I was able to recover,” Qaraqi said.

Qaragi also met his wife, a correspondent for a Palestinian women’s magazine, while undergoing rehabilitation in Riyadh.

He now works for the Palestinian Shehab News Agency and spends family time with his wife and two daughters.

“I work as a photographer because my ability to move around is limited. Video camera operators need to be able to move around and follow, for example, a demonstration,” Qaraqi added.

Regardless of certain limitations, Qaragi hopes that pursuing his dream despite his disability proves inspirational for others.

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Martyred By Israeli Occupation Attacks

انّا للہ و انّا الیه راجعون

May Allah Subhana wa Ta’ ala grant the Shuhada Jannatul Firdaus, and ease it for their families, loved ones and anyone around them. Allahumma Ameen ya Rabbil Alameen. ‘ Inna Lillahi wa ‘ Inna ‘ Ilayhi Raji’un, Allahu Akbar


* The list of shuhada does not display, the numerous victims of the zionist occupation which are undocumented by media. Nor it displays the victims of the “silent onslaught” due to restrictions of movement, ability to go to hospitals for treatment or life saving surgery, due to lack of medication because of the blockades and so on. For example: The Slow Motion Genocide by the Siege on Gaza only, killed 600 patients since Gaza got under Israeli Siege.

For an overview of All Israeli Massacres Palestinians go here

Neither does this list, display the avoidable mortality. A clear and statistical factual evidence, about the number of deaths due to indecent ruling by occupation forces. For even an occupier has obligations under International Laws, Geneva Convention and the Hague regulations, which it is neglecting. These circumstances, together with deliberate policies of the occupier to neglect and even deny every basic human right, severes avoidable mortality which is totally silenced by media or reporting organisations. While in the Holocaust, 1 on 6 Jewish people directly died of deliberate neglect, so if we believe the facts over 1 million due to avoidable mortality, neither should these same circumstances be ignores which are ongoing in Palestine. For this report displays a avoidable morality of at least 0,5 million Palestinians.

How many more dead corpses of Palestinians does the international community need to see in order to act? How many more cruelties and violations of Human Rights, Regulations and International Law will be needed to intervene so this ongoing warcrime is being stopped once and for all.

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