ZAKA (Hebrew acronym for "Disaster Victim Identification") is a voluntary organization of Orthodox Jews that works alongside the emergency services in Israel. They are best known for collecting body parts and blood at the scene of suicide bombings, done out of a devout belief in Jewish burial law. During the peak of the wave of suicide bombings in 2002, when the volunteers of ZAKA were constantly working the grisly aftermaths, I wanted to know how they coped and managed to keep their nightmarish experiences out of their personal lives.
Body of perpetrator at the Neve Shaanan Street bombing.
Tel Aviv, July 17, 2002.