Bookmark, Gaza, Palestine

Aya Sha'sha'a and her five sisters decided to begin a family business. They called themselves the “Six Flowers”. They embroider traditional Palestinian dresses, wallets, mobile phones covers and the embroidered bookmarks.

Media organisations continue to tell the story of the besieged Gaza Strip. In 50 days of war in 2014, more than 2,200 Palestinians were killed and key infrastructure was destroyed. A few years before, in 2008 and 2009, Israeli air bombardment killed more than 1,000 people.

Despite the occupation, which is soon entering its fiftieth year, some still manage to overcome a crippling blockade by air, sea and land.

Al Jazeera went behind the scenes to discover how from the midst of the blockade and suffering, embroidered bookmarks are being made.

Aya Sha'sha'a and her five sisters decided to begin a family business. They called themselves the “Six Flowers”. They embroider traditional Palestinian dresses, wallets, mobile phones covers and the embroidered bookmarks.

Although electricity is cut regularly, and the siege makes it difficult to obtain raw materials and export their work, they defy these difficulties and send their products to the world.

From the Gaza Strip of Palestine, this bookmark is a gift to help you remember your place in a story, and is brought to you by the Al Jazeera Media Network and Qatar Charity.

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