Friday, May 20, 2005

Introducing Mohammed

A lifelong resident of Rafah, and a photojournalist who learned his craft literally under fire. Three years ago, he started documenting daily events in his home town, as well as guiding and translating for foreign journalists visiting the Gaza Strip. His reports eventually became the Rafah Today website.



Somehow, despite the Occupation, he has continued his university studies as well. You can check his older reports on the Rafah Today site. You can also browse his extensive photo archives there. http://www.rafahtoday.org.

To better spread the word on Rafah, his news reports and longer articles are posted here as well.

4 Comments:

At 10:41 PM, Anonymous jen. said...

hello, Erica

I'm glad to see that you'll be blogging for Mohammed ~ the site looks great.

I've been archiving his photos and reports on Flickr. If you'd like to add any of his photos to this blog, please let me know as it's very easy to do. If there's a particular photo that you want to use but don't see archived, I can add it for you.

You can view the (incomplete) archives here:
http://flickr.com/photos/rafah/
and here:
http://flickr.com/photos/warcrimes/

I've been picking up his reports and photos from RafahToday as they've been published (with his blessing, of course). I hope it will be okay for me to continue picking up his reports from this site as well.

Please contact me through either flickr account or my LiveJournal (linked to this note) with questions and comments.

thanks and nice work!
~ jen.

 
At 10:08 AM, Blogger Erika said...

Jen,

yes, it's entirely fine for you to pick up reports from this site, indeed, much appreciated. I'll add your flickr image accounts to the "links" list here.

Thanks for visiting--
Erika

 
At 11:49 AM, Anonymous jen. said...

hi, Erika ~

thanks for the note left in my journal! and thanks for letting me pick up Mohammed's work from here.

What I meant about the photos is that you can actually add them to your blog along with Mohammed's reports, just by copying and pasting a bit of code -- that flickr spits out for you -- into your journal entry. It looks something like this:

a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rafah/11761856/" title="Photo Sharing">img src="http://photos7.flickr.com/11761856_d81b4e7162_o.jpg" width="409" height="273" alt="29 April 05" />/a

Let me stress: IT'S REALLY EASY. All you have to do is chose a photo and follow a few very simple steps.

I can give you access to the flickr account -- all I need is your email address. Mohammed can give you my email address and you can contact me directly so that we can keep this at least a little bit private. sort of.
: )

Thanks again for everything! I'm glad that Mohammed has a support network outside. I just wish he didn't have to live there at all...it breaks my heart.

hope to hear from you ~
jen.

 
At 1:31 AM, Blogger Erika said...

Jen,

many thanks for the generous offer. To my amazement, Blogger added its own "upload image" feature--and--now this IS a miracle!--I got it to work! After I spent a painful time changing the template so I could truncate loooonnnngggg articles, you'll forgive me, I hope, if I don't race to tangle with code again quickly :)

thanks for your kind words--YOUR work is amazing. Hat-tips and shukran many times over for everything you and all the gang at Rafah Pundits do.
Erika

 

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