In October 2016 I traveled to the Palestinian territories in Israel and made a portrait series about Palestinian minors who have been arrested by Israeli soldiers. How does a child reattaches to life after being arrested and assaulted in the middle of the night? How does a child cope with deportation, interrogation and abuse?
For years human right organizations speak of shame about how these minors are treated. I spoke to those these minors and photographed them.
According to the 'Defence for Children International - Palestine' (DCIP), an organization that monitors the number of arrested Palestinian children, 500 to 700 Palestinian children are arrested each year. In 60% of the cases the arrests are taking place in the middle of the night. The children are taken away in the middle of the night and parents are doomed to watch and prohibited from interference. Three-quarters of these children face torture while being captive. The torture they undergo leaves psychological damage for which no help is being provided.
In 90% of the cases, parents don't know to which prison their child is taken to. In 97% of the cases parents and lawyers are not allowed during interrogations. And in 60% of the cases the arrested children end up in prisons outside the West Bank, which means they can have their first family visit after three months. Moreover, its hard for Palestinian families in the West Bank to get permission to visit their children in Israeli territory.