|Gaza, January 2009|
|Gaza, November 2012|
|Gaza, July 2014|
The work has barely begun in the task of saving what yet can be saved and of putting aside those entrenched practices that darken further an already darkening future. The earth and her people have for too long now been lashed by cruel assaults of increasing violence, power and destructiveness. Where will it end?
Vincent Di Stefano D.O., M.H.Sc.
1. Slouching Towards Gaza
Two days after Christmas in 2008, the isolated and densely populated city of Gaza was visited by volley upon volley of deadly missile and mortar fire. The intense bombardment of one of the most densely populated places on earth continued unabated for a period of three weeks. By the end of the assault, over 1,400 Palestinians had been killed and more than 5,000 wounded, many seriously. Between three and four hundred of the dead were children. A total of 13 Israelis were killed during the same time, four of them by the action of their own troops.
Slouching Towards Gaza offers both an audio presentation carrying the reflections from a number of informed commentators and a substantive essay in commemoration of the fifth anniversary of that tragic event.
2. Lines from the Edge of Darkness
We who live in regions of relative stability and prosperity in the so-called developed world and who are free of the uncertainty and the unpredictability that are part of daily life in war zones will occasionally be startled out of our false sense of security and certainty. Such occasions though generally rare, will often have a transformative effect on our lives. Yet we seem to maintain our sense of privileged steadiness in the face of a constant stream of disturbing images and reports that fill the electronic and print media. Such images remind us daily of the reality of ongoing wars, the horror of terror attacks, and the despair of vast numbers of families and individuals who have left everything in order to seek refuge from violence and danger, from ruined streets and houses, from bombs and bullets.
Lines from the Edge of Darkness offers a selection of thirteen original poems written over the past two decades reflecting on war and its consequences.