I was asked by Paul Belford at This is Real Art if I’d like to travel to Gaza for the Hoping Foundation and the UN. Having spent several days trying to get in from Egypt earlier in the year without luck I jumped at the chance. What I found was quite shocking on two counts. The place had been quite devastated by the Israeli assault earlier that year and the economy was next to non-existent. About 90% of the population is dependent on the UN for their survival. Many of the people I spoke to seemed to have lost all hope.