Sunday, May 30, 2010

Difficult Times Call for Dangerous Jobs

By Eva Bartlett

"GAZA CITY, May 30, 2010 (IPS) - Life can be hard working in these tunnels, and it is always at risk. But many have no choice but to work in them, particularly since mid-2007, when Israel and Egypt, with the help of the international community, imposed a siege of staggering severity on the 1.5 million humans in the Gaza Strip.

More than 1,000 tunnels running from Egypt to Gaza employ upwards of 20,000 people, and allow in what is banned by Israel and closed borders: foodstuffs, oil, cooking gas, car parts, medicines, appliances, clothing and shoes, building materials, livestock, school materials, cola, milk formula, cigarettes -- and people....."

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