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Documenting death: the man who counts the bodies in Gaza

Palestinian volunteers at Gaza City's al-Shifa hospital load a body bag with the remains of children on a stretcher, on July 21, 2014, after an Israeli air strike in Gaza CityInside Ashraf al-Qudra’s cramped office in Shifa hospital, the phone never stops ringing, with news flooding in of the latest victims of Israel’s devastating 20-day military operation. With over 1,060 people killed and more than 6,000 wounded, counting the dead is a full-time occupation for the 41-year-old spokesman for Gaza’s emergency services. “Doctor Qudra, there are many many dead and injured in a shelling on Shuhada hospital!” exclaims a breathless assistant.

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