Vanessa Beeley is a photographer, writer, and peace activist. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the Syria Solidarity Movement, and a volunteer with the Global Campaign to Return to Palestine. She lived in Gaza during Operation Pillar of Defence, and again in 2013. In 2014 she established the Gaza Smile Project to raise funds for children in Gaza. She spent her childhood in Egypt with her father, Sir Harold Beeley who was Special Envoy to Cairo during both Suez Crises, confirmed Nasserite and Middle East Advisor to Ernest Bevin. Since 2011, Vanessa has spent most of her time in the Middle East. You can find her work on her blog TheWallWillFall.wordpress.com.