The 2008 Israeli offensive in Gaza was described by Amnesty international as '22 days of death and destruction'. This eyewitness account brings home the horror of life in Gaza beneath the bombs.
Travelling to the Gaza strip with the Free Gaza Movement, Sharyn Lock believed the greatest danger she faced was the Israeli sea blockade in a fishing boat, but on the 27th December the bombs started falling and did not stop until almost 1500 were dead. With others from the International Solidarity Movement, Sharyn volunteered with Palestinian ambulances, assisting them as they faced overwhelming civilian casualties. Her candid and dramatic writing from Gaza gave the world an insight into the conflict that the mainstream media - unable to enter Gaza - couldn't provide.
Sharyn Lock has been volunteering in Palestine since 2002. She has accompanied Palestinians in their nonviolent resistance to the West Bank Wall and volunteered at a Palestinian medical clinic in Lebanon during the 2007 attacks on Nahr El Bard refugee camp. She was also involved in planning to take boats through the sea blockade to Gaza with the Free Gaza movement. She has written for New Internationalist, Red Pepper and the Big Issue North. Sarah Irving is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Electronic Intifada, Guardian Online and New Internationalist. She has held editorial roles at Red Pepper, Peace News and Ethical Consumer magazine. She is author of the Bradt Guide to Palestine (2011) and co-author (with Sharyn Lock) of Gaza: Beneath the Bombs (Pluto, 2010).