Madeleine, a girl fishing in Gaza - Gaza Strip, 2010-2011

Madeleine would rather go to school but since two years she is working... Everyday, she rows her wooden skiff out into Gaza's heavily-patrolled waters. Her father, fisherman himself, was suddenly struck with palsy and cannot fish anymore. Since she is 16 years old, as the eldest child, she has to assume the role of feeding her family. Madeleine managed to make her way in a man-dominated world. In the Gaza strip, women rarely venture to the sea even just to swim. Her brother, Qaid and Karim and her sister Rim help her when they are not at school. Madeleine, probably the only woman fishing in Gaza, dreams that, in a few years, she might be able to go back to school and university.