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Lara Aburamadan


Battling Cancer with Spirit in Gaza

[Mom takes a selfie at their Christian friends’ wedding in Gaza City. Her mobile is marked with the first letter of her name, Beesan. Photo by Lara Aburamadan]

One year ago, my mother came to my house for a visit. She was late. We sat together on a mattress. She opened her cigarette pack, took out two cigarettes, and we smoked together. It was hot that day. She told me that she just returned from the doctor. She wanted to tell me that she discovered she has breast cancer and should start the treatment immediately. I was the first one to know. She said that she wished that she didn’t know and could pretend that nothing happened. ...

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Lara Aburamadan is a photojournalist currently based in New York. She has covered humanitarian stories in Gaza Strip where she lived most of her life. She focuses on creating documentary and artistic images of everyday life and longer-term stories. Lara started photographing in 2010, after participating in a photography workshop with UNICEF. Her work has been published in a variety of news organizations and on websites such as Al Jazeera, Medical Aid for Palestinians-UK, IMEU (Institute for Middle East Understanding), +972 magazine, and others.