Violeta Santos-Moura The ruins of a bombarded apartment building stand precariously in downtown Gaza city. Many thousands remain homeless after the war.
Violeta Santos-Moura The ruins of residential buildins in the heavily destroyed Gaza City's neighborhood of Shuja'iyya.
Violeta Santos-Moura A man separates rubble from pieces of the bombarded buildings, which will be recycled into new construction material.
Violeta Santos-Moura A man makes a phone call in what remains of the offices of Gaza's reconstruction ministry.
Violeta Santos-Moura Hussam Safar, a resident of the heavily bombarded neighborhood of Shuja'iyya in the east of Gaza City, sits by his destroyed home, and those of his neighbors.
Violeta Santos-Moura A shepherd attends to his sheep in a pasture that was once the Gaza International Airport. Inaugurated in 1998, the airport cost 80 million euros ($88 million) in donations from Egypt, Germany, Japan, Saudi Arabia, and Spain. The terminal lasted three years. In 2001, during the second Palestinian uprising, the Israeli air force destroyed the airfield.
Violeta Santos-Moura A man walks past a destroyed mosque and a water reservoir in the town of Khuzaa.
Violeta Santos-Moura Children play in the ruins of a mosque's dome in the town of Khuzaa. Buried in Gaza's rubble and ruins are an estimated 7,000 bombs, rockets, and other unexploded devices that are scattered throughout the territory.
Violeta Santos-Moura A boy sweeps rain water from the courtyard of the UN Beit Hanoun School for Boys, now serving as shelter for families left homeless by Israeli bombardments. Almost a year since the war, hundreds of people still inhabit this and other UN schools in Gaza.
Violeta Santos-Moura The ruins of an unfinished mosque are seen meters from the UN Beit Hanoun School for Boys.
Violeta Santos-Moura Sarya Bakr observes her husband Ramez, who is temporarily unresponsive after she spoke about their son Mohammed, killed by an Israeli missile while he was playing football on the beach with other children. Three of their nephews were also killed in the attack.
Violeta Santos-Moura Sayed watches television under the memorial portraits of his brother Mohammed. Sayed was there when his brother died and was also seriously injured. He suffers from severe post traumatic stress and is in urgent need of medical care.
Violeta Santos-Moura Ramez gazes at the sand where his son Mohamed was killed by an Israeli missile while playing football on the beach.
Violeta Santos-Moura Ramez hugs and kisses his youngest, who was born the day before Mohammed was killed.
Violeta Santos-Moura The Erez crossing is currently the only entrance to Gaza. Others are either closed or serve only to bring in goods. Access to the outside world at the edge of this caged 700 meter pathway is controlled by Israel.

Gaza Between Wars

The Gaza Strip is trapped between wars, writes Portuguese photographer Violeta Santos-Moura. Since 2008, the region has endured three Israeli offensives against the terrorist group Hamas. The most recent, in July 2014, killed 2,200 people in total, the majority of whom were Palestinian civilians. In this photo series, Santos-Moura aims to show how conflict is the "default landscape" in Gaza—in its infrastrure and the way it continues to haunt those who have survived.

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