1991 I have been living and working with
Palestinian families throughout the Middle
East. The work is concerned with the lives
of refugees in the camps throughout Lebanon
and Palestine and with the Palestinians
living in ‘The Unrecognised Villages’
in The Galilee and The Naqob Desert.
is now over 50 years since the tragedy of
the 5 months in 1948 when Palestinians were
forced out of their homes and country, lost
their friends and extended families and
became stateless refugees, denied social
and political rights. In fear of their lives
they made their way across the border into
overcrowded refugee camps in Jordan, Syria
and Lebanon. Today there are over 3.4million
Palestinian refugees across the Middle East;
half of them are children under 15 years
in the 4th generation, those people, born
in Lebanon, are still classed as ‘foreigners’
and have minimum political and civil rights
even after 56 years. Unable to get skilled
or professional work they are trapped in
the poverty inherent in the refugee camps.
Ownership of property is not possible for
many people and further construction is
illegal in many of the camps.
the children of the camps remember Palestine
through the memories and dreams of their
grandparents, although this older generation
is fast disappearing.