Many of them have disabilities which restrict their mobility and access to jobs and a wider community outside of their immediate family. Some are left with a sense of isolation and that they are not valued by society.
Last year alone, 11,000 were injured in Gaza, almost entirely during Israel’s 51-day summer onslaught.
Text by The Electronic Intifada. Photos and reportage by West Bank-based photojournalist Mohammad Alhaj.