Saturday, September 18, 2010

WATCH: Gaza fish farms make up for blockade

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Steps away from the Mediterranean, Gaza markets are suffering from a fish shortage.

Unable to repair a destroyed sewage system that seeps into the sea, waters are polluted but fishermen venturing out into deeper, cleaner waters are frequently detained, injured or killed by Israeli ships enforcing a sea blockade.

Some entrepreneurs have started local fish farms to make up for the fish inaccessible by sea. Ibrahim Qannan shows what the farms look like, and the challenges they face.

Filmed for a series of short features broadcast during the holy month of Ramadan, Lina Ibrahim's story aired as part of the program Hay Baladna (This is Our Country), which highlights the challenges and successes of Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza, Jerusalem and cities now in Israel.

The programs are broadcast on the only Palestinian satellite channel in Israel, and can be viewed in homes across the Middle East.

Watch other episodes of This is Our Country

A tour of Jerusalem's ancient Silwan Pool

Gaza's first female truck driver breaks rules

Gaza inventor changes lives