Uniquely imprisoned, most Palestinians in Gaza cannot travel beyond the confines of the Strip, and in times of war escape is impossible.
They live under siege - economic and armed - and yet so many remain courageous, outspoken and steadfast. Donald Macintyre lays bare Gaza's human tragedy and reveals how it became a crucible of conflict and a byword for suffering.
He identifies the repeated failings - including those of the international community - that have seen countless opportunities for peace pass by.
Yet, against all odds, hope for a better future lingers. Gaza was once a flourishing coastal civilization open to the world.
Could it be so again?