Rod Cox

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Gender MALE
Location Gaza, Palestine
Introduction After the Britain-Gaza aid convoy ended in March 2009. Rod, the 'peace man' stayed in Gaza - visited schools and won hearts. Young people gave him hundreds of pictures. He tried to bring the pictures back to Europe but was refused permission to leave via Rafah. The Egyptian government would not allow him and his van to enter Egypt from Gaza. Rod said 'Every other exit, including any postal or courier service is controlled by Israel, who have said pictures from school children cannot be sent out if they are political. No agency is able to take them out legally without the Israeli army looking at them.' 'These pictures show the attacks by the Israeli army on civilians as well as phosphorous bombs and the role of Palestinian fighters. While the Israelis claim they are fighting a just war they are suppressing any evidence to the contrary.' Specialists say showing these pictures is one way of supporting children's mental health and their survival.