Meet Me in Gaza: Uncommon Stories of Life inside the Strip by Louisa B. Waugh (The Westbourne Press: 2013)
Having just returned from Gaza, I was thrilled to learn about this new book written by a Scottish woman who lived and worked in the Gaza Strip for 18+ months.
Her experience was different from mine.
She worked for an NGO in Gaza, lived in her own apartment and traveled through the Erez border crossing. I mixed it up with university students, lived with Palestinian families, and traveled through the Rafah border in Egypt.
But in many ways our experiences were similar.
The generous hospitality and friendliness of the people, the delicious food, and the places she visited in the Strip all brought back memories and, in some cases, tears.
Her descriptions of people and places and customs are so REAL but I fear that readers who have never traveled to Gaza will not appreciate the book because some of it sounds unbelievable.
But read it …. and believe it. And then travel to Gaza to see for yourself. I hope this book sparks an interest in more travel to this small enclave on the eastern Mediterranean.