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  • APTOPIX Mideast Gazas Poorest Photo Essay
    In this Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 photo, Mohammed Alwadiya, 11, plays with a toy gun while celebrating on the third day of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha in front of his family's house in Gaza City. The Alwadiya family is among the some 45 percent of Gazans who live in dire poverty, defined by the United Nations as living on less than $2 a day. Most of the family's clothes and food comes from donations.
    Adel Hana | AP
  • APTOPIX Mideast Gazas Poorest Photo Essay
    In this Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 photo, Rafah Alwadiya, 13, throws a goose in the air at his family house in Gaza City. The home of the extended Alwadiya family consists of a kitchen, several small bedrooms and an empty space devoted to cages full of pigeons and other birds.
    Adel Hana | AP
  • APTOPIX Mideast Gazas Poorest Photo Essay
    In this Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 photo, children of the Alwadiya extended family look through a cloth that serves as a door to their family house in Gaza City. The Patriarch of the family, Salih Alwadiya, has three wives, 14 sons and 6 daughters. Most of the boys, married with children, are among the 38 people living in bad conditions in small rooms in the makeshift house.
    Adel Hana | AP
  • Mideast Gazas Poorest Photo Essay
    In this Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 photo, Salih Alwadiya, 61, left, paints the fingernails of his granddaughter Razan, 4, after she and other children received traditional gifts of toys while celebrating the third day of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha in front of their family house in Gaza City. Alwadiya is unemployed but used to work in Israel, and was once wounded by shrapnel during an air strike on Gaza. Later, his right leg was amputated following a car accident.
    Adel Hana | AP
  • Mideast Gazas Poorest Photo Essay
    in this Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 photo, Razan Alwadiya, 4, left, applies nail polish to her sister Tahani Alwadiya, 5, while celebrating on the third day of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha in front of their family house in Gaza City. Most of their family's clothes and food comes from donations. About two-thirds of Gaza's population, some 1.7 million people, depends on aid to get by.
    Adel Hana | AP
  • Mideast Gazas Poorest Photo Essay
    In this Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 photo, Heba Alwadiya, 6, holds a toy she received from her grandfather Salih Alwadiya, a tradition for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, in front of their family house in Gaza City. Salih Alwadiya, 61, the patriarch of the extended family has 20 children, from three wives, most of whom live with him in a small makeshift warren of shacks near a sewage plant.
    Adel Hana | AP
  • Mideast Gazas Poorest Photo Essay
    In this Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 photo, Om Abood Alwadiya, 36, left, gives candy to children as they celebrate on the third day of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha in front of their family's house in Gaza City. Most of the food and clothing for the 38-member extended family comes from donations.
    Adel Hana | AP
  • Mideast Gazas Poorest Photo Essay
    In this Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 photo, Ibtisam Alwadiya, 27, shows her bedroom made partially from scrap wood and corrugated aluminum in her family's house in Gaza City. The home for the extended family of 38 people consists of a kitchen, small bedrooms and an empty space devoted to cages full of pigeons and other birds.
    Adel Hana | AP
  • Mideast Gazas Poorest Photo Essay
    In this Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 photo, Heba Alwadiya, 11, stands at a cloth-covered door as her sister and brother leave their family house in Gaza City. Most of their family's clothes and food comes from donations. About two-thirds of Gaza's population, some 1.7 million people, depends on aid to get by.
    Adel Hana | AP
  • Mideast Gazas Poorest Photo Essay
    In this Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 photo, Majed Alwadiya, 31, watches children of his extended family members as they play outside their family house in Gaza City. Thirty-eight people live a makeshift house made from scrap wood, salvaged concrete bricks and corrugated aluminum.
    Adel Hana | AP
  • Mideast Gazas Poorest Photo Essay
    In this Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 photo, Heba Alwadiya, 6, passes through a hole made in a fence to gain access to her family house in Gaza City. Their family's only form of transportation is a donkey cart.
    Adel Hana | AP
  • Mideast Gazas Poorest Photo Essay
    In this Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 photo, Alyaa Alwadiya, 27, poses for a photograph while sitting in her bedroom in her family house in Gaza City. Salih Alwadiya, the family patriarch, used to work in Israel, but the family now relies on donations. About two-thirds of Gaza's population, some 1.7 million people, depend on aid to get by.
    Adel Hana | AP
  • Mideast Gazas Poorest Photo Essay
    In this Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 photo, Manar Alwadiya, 12, washes her face at her family house in Gaza City. The Alwadiya extended family consists of 38 people crowded into small rooms with poor infrastructure. They wash their dishes with water that drips through the roof.
    Adel Hana | AP
  • Mideast Gazas Poorest Photo Essay
    In this Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 photo, Manar Alwadiya, 12, right, gives Oday, 4, a bath in the yard of their family house in Gaza City. Most of the clothes and food for the extended family of 38 people comes from donations. The family is among the some 45 percent of Gazans who live in dire poverty, defined by the United Nations as living on less than $2 a day.
    Adel Hana | AP
  • Mideast Gazas Poorest Photo Essay
    In this Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 photo, Oday Alwadiya, 11, sits near his sister Seba, 3, on swing in the small yard of their family house in Gaza City. The Alwadiya extended family consist of 38 people living in a makeshift house next to a sewerage plant. About two-thirds of Gaza's population, some 1.7 million people, depends on aid to get by.
    Adel Hana | AP
  • Mideast Gazas Poorest Photo Essay
    In this Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 photo, Palestinian children from the Alwadiya family play amid sewage and garbage near the backyard of their family houses in Gaza City. The extended Alwadiya family of 38 people live in a makeshift house near a sewage plant.
    Adel Hana | AP
  • Mideast Gazas Poorest Photo Essay
    In this Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 photo, Om Abood Alwadiya, 36, left, gives candy to children as they celebrate on the third day of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha in front of their family's house in Gaza City. Most of the food and clothing for the 38-member extended family comes from donations.
    Adel Hana | AP
  • Mideast Gazas Poorest Photo Essay
    In this Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 photo, Ibtisam Alwadiya, 27, shows her bedroom made partially from scrap wood and corrugated aluminum in her family's house in Gaza City. The home for the extended family of 38 people consists of a kitchen, small bedrooms and an empty space devoted to cages full of pigeons and other birds.
    Adel Hana | AP
  • Mideast Gazas Poorest Photo Essay
    In this Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 photo, Heba Alwadiya, 11, stands at a cloth-covered door as her sister and brother leave their family house in Gaza City. Most of their family's clothes and food comes from donations. About two-thirds of Gaza's population, some 1.7 million people, depends on aid to get by.
    Adel Hana | AP
  • Mideast Gazas Poorest Photo Essay
    In this Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 photo, Majed Alwadiya, 31, watches children of his extended family members as they play outside their family house in Gaza City. Thirty-eight people live a makeshift house made from scrap wood, salvaged concrete bricks and corrugated aluminum.
    Adel Hana | AP
  • Mideast Gazas Poorest Photo Essay
    In this Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 photo, Oday Alwadiya, 13, sits on motorcycle while his sister Seba, 3, rests on her brother Loai, 9, in the yard of their family house in Gaza City. The extended family consists of 38 people living in bad conditions in small rooms in their makeshift house near a sewage plant.
    Adel Hana | AP
  • Mideast Gazas Poorest Photo Essay
    In this Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 photo, Salih Alwadiya, 61, center left, poses with some of his grandchildren in the yard of their family house in Gaza City, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. Alwadiya has three wives, 14 sons and 6 daughters. Most of the boys, married with children, are among the 38 people living in bad conditions in small rooms in the makeshift house.
    Adel Hana | AP
  • Mideast Gazas Poorest Photo Essay
    In this Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 photo, Palestinian Salih Alwadiya, 61, stands at the door to his home as his wife, Handoma, 54, who suffers from high blood pressure, rests on a pile of mattresses in Gaza City. “When electricity cuts off, as happens every day, I go to the bed in front of the pigeon cage,” Alwadiya says. “In the day, we suffer from flies and at night, we suffer from mosquitoes.”
    Adel Hana | AP
  • Mideast Gazas Poorest Photo Essay
    In this Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 photo, Manar Alwadiya, 12, left, poses while her sister Heba, 6, eats at their family house in Gaza City. The Alwadiya family is among the some 45 percent of Gazans who live in dire poverty, defined by the United Nations as living on less than $2 a day.
    Adel Hana | AP
  • Mideast Gazas Poorest Photo Essay
    In this Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 photo, Alyaa Alwadiya, 27, left, stands with her son Loai, 4, in the makeshift kitchen of their family house in Gaza City. Alwadiya's extended family is among Gaza Strip’s poorest. They are not able to qualify for UNWRA assistance as they are not refugees.
    Adel Hana | AP
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