“We want to show the world that this land is not empty – that we live here, and show them how we Bedouin live a beautiful way of life that would be destroyed if we were forced to live in towns.”
Tareq is a Bedouin Palestine refugee and one of the founders of the Sahari Desert Eco-Tourism initiative. Tareq and his business partner, Jamil, spend their days and nights leading visitors on hikes in the Jerusalem and Jericho areas.
Meet Maria - Jordan
Maria is a diligent ninth grader in Marka camp, Jordan, who spends four hours studying every day. When she grows up, Maria hopes to graduate from university and find employment in order to help her parents and live in a house with a garden.
Meet Madleen - Gaza Strip, oPt
“The sea is my life, my job, my hobby, and the place where I can find myself.”
Madleen is the only known fisherwoman in the Gaza Strip. She started fishing with her father when she was six years old.The Mediterranean Sea once provided a livelihood for some 8,000 families in Gaza. Today, with the Israeli-enforced fishing boundary, the industry has all but been annihilated. Fishermen/women can access less than one-third of the fishing areas allocated to them under the Oslo Agreements: only 6 out of 20 nautical miles. Working as a fisherman or woman is also dangerous. The Israeli navy regularly shoots at Palestinian boats that they consider having crossed the agreed fishing zone, sometimes resulting in injuries or death. But despite the difficulty catching fish in the restricted region, Madleen takes a boat out to sea each day.
Meet Imad - Syria
"Music is divine and has a unique effect on the spirit...It is the first thing I turn to whenever I am feeling sad, happy, or disappointed.”
Imad is a 'oud player, composer, conductor, and music teacher at an UNRWA school in Rif Damascus. He finds refuge in music. He uses music to help children and communities cope with and recover from trauma.
“Education is the only thing that determines my future.”
Nour is a bright secondary student in Lebanon. She wants to be an opthamologist because of her own story; when she was six months old, Nour was injured in her left eye by fireworks that other children were playing with nearby during Eid celebrations.