What is life like in Gaza following the devastation caused by the Israeli air and sea strikes in 2009? A new documentary to be shown on TG4, featuring Co Galway based social activist and sean-nós singer Treasa Ní Cheannabháin, will provide a harrowing insight.
Ag Filleadh ar Gaza will be broadcast on TG4 this Sunday at 9.30pm with a repeat on Friday October 15 at 7.30pm.
In February 2008, Ms Ní Cheannabháin hit the headlines when she was arrested on the Egyptian-Gaza border as she undertook a relief mission on behalf of her Galway based charity, the Galway-Palestinian Children’s Fund.
Undeterred by this dramatic experience and spurred on by the devastation caused by Israel’s Operation Cast Lead - a series of land and sea attacks over a 22 day period which saw some 1,400 Palestinians killed, 313 of them children - Ms Ní Cheannabháin returned to Gaza in May 2009.
Operation Cast Lead devastated Gaza, totally destroying its infrastructure; within five minutes of its beginning every police station was bombed, and for three weeks the Israeli army bombed hospitals, schools, mosques, cement factories, government buildings and civilian housing. Since January 2009 little or no aid has been allowed into Gaza.
Ag Filleadh ar Gaza shows Ms Ní Cheannabháin providing comfort to the war-torn people of Gaza and distributing aid collected by her charity. It also shows her visit to over-populated refugee camps, and meeting doctors struggling to operate in the shells of hospitals that have been bombed.
She also discovers the complex network of tunnels that are the last remaining route for supplies into Gaza and has the opportunity to ask some challenging questions of the ruling Hamas leadership.
Ag Filleadh Ar Gaza is directed by Dearbhla Glynn and produced by Laura Ní Cheallaigh. Luachra Productions for TG4.