Ismael Maadi holds his dead niece, two-year-old Jana, two days after she was killed when Israel bombed their family home in the Gaza Strip in August 2014 [Anne Paq/Al Jazeera]
“This photo marked the moment my life ended. She stayed in my arms until we buried her,” said 20-year-old Ismael Maadi one year after the Israeli bombing in which six members of his family were killed.
I had taken this photo of him near Rafah on August 3, 2014, two days after the bombing. In it, he is holding the dead body of his two-year-old niece, Jana.
Israel had been heavily and indiscriminately bombing the Palestinian city in response to the capture of an Israeli soldier by Hamas fighters. I had been in the