Mohammad Muhaeisen, a photographer from Gaza

Photographer Mohammad Asad Muhaeisen sitting on rubble in Gaza
Photographer Mohammad Asad Muhaeisen sitting on rubble in Gaza

Photographer Mohammad Asad Muhaeisen, Gaza

My name is Mohammad Asad Muhaeisen, I am 31 years old, from Ash Shuja’iyeh neighbourhood in Gaza city.

During the war last summer, I was documenting the war through my camera lens. Despite being in constant danger, I felt it was my duty to show the world how my people were suffering.

My house was totally destroyed, and I am now an IDP.

Dalia Khalifa, 2014. Photo by Mohammad Asad Muhaeisen

Dalia Khalifa, 2014. Photo by Mohammad Asad Muhaeisen

I work at a local news agency in the Gaza Strip and volunteer with number of news sites, but originally studied Medical Technology. I changed to photojournalism when I discovered I had a talent for it, and have won six awards to date despite the absence of photography courses in Gaza.

Recently, I won a World Humanitarian Summit photo contest arranged by the OCHA Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa with a picture from the 2014 hostilities of an injured Palestinian child, Dalia Khalifa. The prize for the winning photo was a camera.

I first saw Dalia in the hospital. I was inspired by the picture of the Afghan girl which won the World Press Photo Award some years ago, and I was contemplating how I can best express the feeling of the war through the prism of this little girl’s face.

The girl was only nine years old. Like many other children in Gaza, she was injured while sleeping, when a shell hit her home.