Our collaborative project “Border Ecologies and the Gaza Strip” is covered by Mold Magazine

Editor’s Note: This piece was commissioned, written and delivered in April 2022. We are printing the piece in its original format, with permission from both FAST and Meg Miller, to honor the resiliency and resistance of the Qudiah family, the Khuza’a community, and the Palestinian people.

Over two million people—1.4 million of whom are Palestinian refugees—live in the Gaza Strip across 141 square miles, one of the most densely populated geographies in the world. They live with limited access to markets, clean water and electricity, their movement severely restricted by the Israeli blockade following the Hamas takeover after the 2007 Palestinian elections.1 They are enclosed by walls, fencing, buffer zones, cameras and censors—a militarized barrier that wraps the entirety of Gaza’s perimeter. 

The Qudaih family lives in the agricultural village of Khuza’a, near one of the most heavily-militarized zones of the border. There, they run a 4,000-square-meter farm that has been in their family for generations. They grow fruits and vegetables and raise livestock, trading for other crops and labor with neighboring farms and producing 90 percent of the food they eat. “In a crisis situation like the Gaza Strip, where 80 percent of the population is dependent on international assistance, this community has managed to be completely self-sufficient—in terms of food production, the way they use energy and the way they capture and harvest rainwater,” says Malkit Shoshan.  

Read more: https://thisismold.com/mold-magazine/issue-06-design-for-a-new-earth/fast-border-ecologies-and-the-gaza-strip