GAZA CITY, 24 January 2011 IRIN – Sharif Al Sharif, 27, launched his blog in 2006 when there were only a handful of bloggers in the Gaza Strip. Now, he says, there are more than 50. The past year has seen a boom in social media in Gaza as young women, and men like Sharif, take to the web to join a global community they are otherwise unable to access. A growing international audience is logging on to read them.
Like Sharif, Ola Anan, 25, has been blogging since 2006. Her English is flawless but she prefers to write in Arabic. Her priority is to create an online forum for her immediate community to address problems that are closer to home.
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