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Palestinians Commemorate Land Day on ...
Wadi Fukin
By Rich Wiles
01 Apr 2015

Palestinians from across the West Bank and Israel gathered in confiscated Palestinian villages, on both side of the 1967 Greenline, to commemorate Land Day. Land Day is seen as a day of resistance action in defense of Palestinian land. Annual Land Day events are held by Palestinian communities within the State of Israel, in the occupied territories, and in the Palestinian diaspora.

 

Land Day events in 2015 included a 'return march' by the community-in-exile of Lifta, many of whom today remain only a kilometer or two from their original homes. Today there remains a small but very active community-in-exile of Lifta's refugees in East Jerusalem, and it was this group, under the banner of their community grassroots organisation 'Sons of Lifta' who spent Land Day inside their home village. Although many of the village's houses remain intact and the refugees live only a ten minute journey away, they are denied their rights to return to live in the vilage by the State of Israel.

 

Land day first started on March 30,1976, when mass demonstrations broke out among Palestinian communities in the State of Israel in protest at an Israeli state plan to confiscate 20,000 dunums (2,000 hectares) of land around the Palestinian villages of Sakhnin and Arraba in the Galilee. This was one of the first examples of mass coordinated action being carried out by Palestinian citizens of Israel. Protests were held from the Galilee in the north all the way to the Negev (known as the 'Naqab' to Palestinians) in the south. Over the course of the day 6 Palestinians were shot dead and more than 100 were injured. Ever since these events, Palestinians have commemorated March 30th as 'Land Day', or 'Yom al-Ard' in Arabic.

 

In Another Land Day event, activists in the village of Wadi Fukin in the West Bank attempted to plant 350 olive tree saplings on land that is threatened with expropriation by the expansion of the Israeli settlement of Sur Hadassah. All Israeli settlements within the 1967 occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) are illegal under international law. Before more than a handful of trees could be planted in Wadi Fukin, Israeli soldiers rained clouds or tear gas on to the activists bringing the Land Day event to an abrupt halt. For Palestinians, Land Day is an important annual event which brings together many thousands of Palestinians across historic Palestine in the defence of Palestinian land.

 

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Wadi Fukin
By Rich Wiles
29 Mar 2015

In the West Bank village of Wadi Fukin, an olive tree planting event is underway with local activists and refugees from Bethlehem's refugee camps to commemorate Land Day on March 30th 2015.

Wadi Fukin, West Bank, Palestine. March 30 2015.

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Beirut : Palestinian artist Samia Hal...
Beirut
By AmmarParis
04 Feb 2015

Palestinian artist Samia Halaby poses at her expo "Five Decades of Painting and Innovation" at Beirut Exhibitions Center in Beirut, Lebanon on February 4, 2015. Photo by Ammar Abd Rabbo/Transterra Media

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Beirut : Palestinian artist Samia Hal...
Beirut
By AmmarParis
04 Feb 2015

Palestinian artist Samia Halaby poses at her expo "Five Decades of Painting and Innovation" at Beirut Exhibitions Center in Beirut, Lebanon on February 4, 2015. Photo by Ammar Abd Rabbo/Transterra Media

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Beirut : Palestinian artist Samia Hal...
Beirut
By AmmarParis
04 Feb 2015

Palestinian artist Samia Halaby poses at her expo "Five Decades of Painting and Innovation" at Beirut Exhibitions Center in Beirut, Lebanon on February 4, 2015. Photo by Ammar Abd Rabbo/Transterra Media

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Beirut : Palestinian artist Samia Hal...
Beirut
By AmmarParis
04 Feb 2015

Palestinian artist Samia Halaby poses at her expo "Five Decades of Painting and Innovation" at Beirut Exhibitions Center in Beirut, Lebanon on February 4, 2015. Photo by Ammar Abd Rabbo/Transterra Media

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Beirut : Palestinian artist Samia Hal...
Beirut
By AmmarParis
04 Feb 2015

Palestinian artist Samia Halaby poses at her expo "Five Decades of Painting and Innovation" at Beirut Exhibitions Center in Beirut, Lebanon on February 4, 2015. Photo by Ammar Abd Rabbo/Transterra Media

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Beirut : Palestinian artist Samia Hal...
Beirut
By AmmarParis
04 Feb 2015

Palestinian artist Samia Halaby poses at her expo "Five Decades of Painting and Innovation" at Beirut Exhibitions Center in Beirut, Lebanon on February 4, 2015. Photo by Ammar Abd Rabbo/Transterra Media

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Beirut : Palestinian artist Samia Hal...
Beirut
By AmmarParis
04 Feb 2015

Palestinian artist Samia Halaby poses at her expo "Five Decades of Painting and Innovation" at Beirut Exhibitions Center in Beirut, Lebanon on February 4, 2015. Photo by Ammar Abd Rabbo/Transterra Media

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Beirut : Palestinian artist Samia Hal...
Beirut
By AmmarParis
04 Feb 2015

Palestinian artist Samia Halaby poses at her expo "Five Decades of Painting and Innovation" at Beirut Exhibitions Center in Beirut, Lebanon on February 4, 2015. Photo by Ammar Abd Rabbo/Transterra Media

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Beirut : Palestinian artist Samia Hal...
Beirut
By AmmarParis
04 Feb 2015

Palestinian artist Samia Halaby poses at her expo "Five Decades of Painting and Innovation" at Beirut Exhibitions Center in Beirut, Lebanon on February 4, 2015. Photo by Ammar Abd Rabbo/Transterra Media

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Beirut : Palestinian artist Samia Hal...
Beirut
By AmmarParis
04 Feb 2015

Palestinian artist Samia Halaby poses at her expo "Five Decades of Painting and Innovation" at Beirut Exhibitions Center in Beirut, Lebanon on February 4, 2015. Photo by Ammar Abd Rabbo/Transterra Media

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Beirut : Palestinian artist Samia Hal...
Beirut
By AmmarParis
04 Feb 2015

Palestinian artist Samia Halaby poses at her expo "Five Decades of Painting and Innovation" at Beirut Exhibitions Center in Beirut, Lebanon on February 4, 2015. Photo by Ammar Abd Rabbo/Transterra Media

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Beirut : Palestinian artist Samia Hal...
Beirut
By AmmarParis
04 Feb 2015

Palestinian artist Samia Halaby poses at her expo "Five Decades of Painting and Innovation" at Beirut Exhibitions Center in Beirut, Lebanon on February 4, 2015. Photo by Ammar Abd Rabbo/Transterra Media

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Israel's Unmanned Ground Combat Vehicles
Israel
By Oren Rosenfeld
21 Jan 2015

Like drones in the sky, unmanned armored remote control land vehicles are already seeing extensive action on the Israel-Gaza border. The Israeli Army is now the first and only Army in the world that uses these land drones in combat zones. The unmanned remote control vehicles come in two sizes and are armed with 0.5 Calibre Machine guns and other classified armoury. The vehicles are controlled and driven by IDF women operators only and patrol the border between Israel and the Hamas controlled Gaza strip, replacing manned patrols and saving lives and manpower. During the years they have been operational, the unmanned patrols have been attacked twice by IED`S and machine gunfire. They have discovered breaches in the border fence and chased down infiltrators. During the last 50 day war between Israel and Hamas, they carried out many missions, mostly suppllying fighting units with food and ammunition behind enemy lines. They also conducted surveillance operations. "This is the future of the modern combat field " says the commander of this unique unit.

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Al Aqsa and the Conflict in Jerusalem
Jerusalem, Israel
By Iliay
27 Nov 2014

November 2014
Jerusalem

As tensions in Jerusalem boil over into open conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, the issue of the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex remains one of the key issues in the conflict. This story explores the cultural and religious significance of the complex to the two sides and illustrates how the area has yet again become a catalyst for violence. Some fear this newest round of violence may lead to a third Palestinian Intifada.

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Palestine: When a School is Illegal
Khan al-Ahmar
By Vinciane Jacquet
14 Nov 2014

November 16, 2014
Khan al Ahmar, West Bank, Palestine

The Khan al-Ahmar School serves the children of the Jahalin Bedouin community in the West Bank and has been declared illegal by Israeli authorities. It is now facing possible demolition. Built in 2009, the school was constructed with mud and tires due to a lack of funds and an Israeli law that bans Palestinians in Area C of the West Bank from building structures made of cement. The children now attend school in poorly equipped classrooms with no heating, leaking ceilings, and little electricity. However, it is possible that even this primitive learning environment could be snatched from them at a moment's notice. Over 140 students are currently enrolled in the school. The nearest alternative school is located about 45 minutes away by car. The school's imminent demolition is part of a plan by Israeli authorities to displace the Jahalin Bedouin living in "Area C" of the occupied West Bank. The Khan Al-Ahmar School and Bedouin community is located in the Jerusalem periphery, between the Israeli settlements of Ma'ale Adumim and Kfar Adumim. While the Jahalin Bedouin have a longstanding presence in this area (they settled in the area in 1948, after being evicted by Israel from their lands in the Negev desert), the community and school present an obstacle to Israel's planned settlement expansion and construction of the separation barrier. The community lives with the constant threat of displacement. Every year, the school administration goes to court in order to postpone the planned demolition of the school. This year they were lucky and the court sided with them. However, the order still stands and next year they may not be so lucky.

Tents and Tombstones: Bedouins in Isr...
Al-Araqib
By Vinciane Jacquet
10 Nov 2014

November 12, 2014
al-Araqib, Israel

Al Araqib is one of the 46 Bedouin villages in the Negev desert that the state of Israel refuses to recognize. The residents of the village, both past and present, inherited these lands from their fathers and grandfathers. Harassment from the Israeli Army and vigilanties has become commonplace for the Araqib Bedouin. The harassment dates back to 1948, when a gang of Zionist militants rounded up 14 Bedouin men working in a field in al-Araqib and summarily executed them. Since 1948, homes and properties in al-Araqib have been regularly destroyed and stolen. On July 27th, 2010, the village was totally demolished. Since then, the village has been re-built and destroyed 33 times. However, many residents were unable to stay and moved to the recognized village of Rahat. Those who did choose to stay are confined to the area of the Al-Turi cemetary and have been living under harsh conditions, always scared of an unexpected visit from the soldiers.

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Handicapped in the rubble of gaza 21
Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
21 Oct 2014

October 22, 2014
Gaza, Palestine

Jamil Attia Za'anin with his mother Donia Za'anin. Jamil, 21, developed a spinal condition 16 years ago when he was just a child. Poor healthcare infrastructure in Gaza meant that doctors could not properly treat Jamil, so the disease spread to his brain, leaving him handicapped. Jamil lives with his ten family members in a shack in the town of Beit Hanoun in the north of the Gaza Strip. He has a younger brother Mohammed, 19, who is also handicapped and the family's situation was made even worse after their house was destroyed in the recent war with Israel.

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Qalandiya Festival: Celebrating Pales...
West Bank
By adrian
08 Oct 2014

October 2014,
West Bank, Palestine

The second 'Qalandiya International' contemporary arts biennial drew to a close on Thursday 13 November after nearly a month of exhibitions, performances, installations, conferences and film screenings. Held in cities across 'Historic Palestine', the festival brought together more than 100 Palestinian and international artists to respond to issues relating to Palestinian life, politics and history. Over recent years, various Palestinian contemporary artists have been the recipients of major international awards. Amongst others, Emily Jacir won the Golden Lion at the 2007 Venice Biennial and Mona Hattoum was awarded the Prize Joan Miro in Barcelona in 2011. Earlier, critically acclaimed Palestinian film-maker Elia Suleiman had won the Jury Prize at the 2002 Cannes Film festival. Despite the ever-growing international profile of Palestinian contemporary arts, Qalandiya International is one of the first attempts to launch a regular contemporary arts festival within Palestine itself. Taking place amidst ongoing violence in Jerusalem and following soon after the killing of more than 2000 Palestinians over the summer in Gaza, it was unsure at one stage whether the festival should go ahead as planned. Yet organisers decided to push ahead in the spirit of 'sumoud' (steadfastness), and to some people these artistic interventions continued to demonstrate the significant role that Palestinian art and culture has played in the context of resistance since the days of Ghassan Kanafani, Mahmoud Darwish and Naji al-Ali.

Wheelchair Basketball Heals Wounds in...
Nablus
By adrian
25 Sep 2014

September 25, 2014 Nablus, Palestine Established in the aftermath of the First Intifada, Nablus' wheelchair basketball team is amongst the most prominent in the West Bank. The squad includes players from the city and surrounding villages as well as Nablus' three refugee camps, and features several members of the current Palestinian national team. Many of the members obtained their disabilities from injuries sustained during the first and second Intifadas. Others were either born with, or developed debilitating conditions. Mu'awia Muna, the head coach of the Nablus team, is clear to stress that the team makes no differentiation between the causes of players' disabilities and that the fundamental issue at hand is the need "to provide sporting opportunities for all disabled people". Wheelchair basketball was one of the first Paralympic sports to develop in Palestine and, more than twenty years after its establishment, the Nablus wheelchair basketball team continues to train weekly. However, there are many obstacles faced by the club in its quest to continue work. Access to potential training venues and playing surfaces present constant challenges. Many sporting facilities in Palestine are now quite old and are not equipped with suitable disabled access. Lack of funding is also a major issue for all Paralympic sports in Palestine. The Nablus team's current wheelchairs have seen many years of regular use and are now in desperate need of replacement. With sports wheelchairs costing as much as 2000 euro each, the team needs to secure substantial support in order to continue to provide for the needs of Nablus' disabled athletes.

Dying Trades in the Holy Land
By dafnatal7
04 Sep 2014

A look at some of Israel's last family businesses, which are being crushed by changing times. For some of the most traditional Jewish and Arab businesses, it won't be long before their doors close for the last time. New technologies, large corporations, and the draw of the modern world mean that the next generation of consumers and the heirs to the businesses no longer have an interest in the businesses' futures.

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Pro-Palestine Demonstration in Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo
By Juliana Spinola
27 Jul 2014

July 27, 2014
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Protesters gathered in Sao Paulo for an event organized by the Palestinian community, to protest against the Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip.

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By Alison Baskerville
14 Jul 2014

A young Palestinian boy tips water over is head from the only water tap in a UN school. Following a warning from the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) over 600 people have evacuated their homes from the north of Gaza and taken refuge in a UN School. Many left with limited supplies. With no sign of the crisis ending the school is now concerned that they will run out of water and supplies. "I don't know how much longer we will be able to go on in this situation." Commented Abdil Sawan, the UN representative within the school. Photo credit : Alison Baskerville

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By Alison Baskerville
14 Jul 2014

A young Palestinian boy helps with the laundry on a UN school now being used by over 600 people who have evacuated their homes from the north of Gaza.

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By Alison Baskerville
14 Jul 2014

Licensed to Alison Baskerville. 14/07/2014. Gaza. A young Palestinian boy helps with the laundry on a UN school now being used by over 600 people who have evacuated their homes from the north of Gaza. Many left with limited supplies. With no sign of the crisis ending the school is now concerned that they will run out of water and supplies. "I don't know how much longer we will be able to go on in this situation." Commented Abdil Sawan, the UN representative within the school. Photo credit : Alison Baskerville

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By Alison Baskerville
14 Jul 2014

Licensed to Alison Baskerville. 14/07/2014. Gaza. Following a warning from the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) over 600 people have evacuated their homes from the north of Gaza and taken refuge in a UN School. Many left with limited supplies. With no sign of the crisis ending the school is now concerned that they will run out of water and supplies. "I don't know how much longer we will be able to go on in this situation." Commented Abdil Sawan, the UN representative within the school. Photo credit : Alison Baskerville

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By Alison Baskerville
14 Jul 2014

Licensed to Alison Baskerville. 14/07/2014. Gaza. Following a warning from the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) over 600 people have evacuated their homes from the north of Gaza and taken refuge in a UN School. Many left with limited supplies. With no sign of the crisis ending the school is now concerned that they will run out of water and supplies. "I don't know how much longer we will be able to go on in this situation." Commented Abdil Sawan, the UN representative within the school. Photo credit : Alison Baskerville

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By Alison Baskerville
14 Jul 2014

Licensed to Alison Baskerville. 14/07/2014. Gaza. Following a warning from the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) over 600 people have evacuated their homes from the north of Gaza and taken refuge in a UN School. Many left with limited supplies. With no sign of the crisis ending the school is now concerned that they will run out of water and supplies. "I don't know how much longer we will be able to go on in this situation." Commented Abdil Sawan, the UN representative within the school. Photo credit : Alison Baskerville

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By Alison Baskerville
13 Jul 2014

Licensed to Alison Baskerville. 14/07/2014. Gaza. Following a warning from the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) over 600 people have evacuated their homes from the north of Gaza and taken refuge in a UN School. Many left with limited supplies. With no sign of the crisis ending the school is now concerned that they will run out of water and supplies. "I don't know how much longer we will be able to go on in this situation." Commented Abdil Sawan, the UN representative within the school. Photo credit : Alison Baskerville

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By Alison Baskerville
13 Jul 2014

Licensed to Alison Baskerville. 14/07/2014. Gaza. Following a warning from the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) over 600 people have evacuated their homes from the north of Gaza and taken refuge in a UN School. Many left with limited supplies. With no sign of the crisis ending the school is now concerned that they will run out of water and supplies. "I don't know how much longer we will be able to go on in this situation." Commented Abdil Sawan, the UN representative within the school. Photo credit : Alison Baskerville

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By Alison Baskerville
13 Jul 2014

Licensed to Alison Baskerville. 14/07/2014. Gaza. Following a warning from the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) over 600 people have evacuated their homes from the north of Gaza and taken refuge in a UN School. Many left with limited supplies. With no sign of the crisis ending the school is now concerned that they will run out of water and supplies. "I don't know how much longer we will be able to go on in this situation." Commented Abdil Sawan, the UN representative within the school. Photo credit : Alison Baskerville

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By Alison Baskerville
13 Jul 2014

Licensed to Alison Baskerville. 14/07/2014. Gaza. Following a warning from the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) over 600 people have evacuated their homes from the north of Gaza and taken refuge in a UN School. Many left with limited supplies. With no sign of the crisis ending the school is now concerned that they will run out of water and supplies. "I don't know how much longer we will be able to go on in this situation." Commented Abdil Sawan, the UN representative within the school. Photo credit : Alison Baskerville

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By Alison Baskerville
13 Jul 2014

Licensed to Alison Baskerville. 14/07/2014. Gaza. "When I hold my daughter in my arms I forget the whole world." Comments Ablu Abu Hamillah (38) as she joins over 600 in a UN School within Gaza city. Many have fled the north left with limited supplies. With no sign of the crisis ending the school is now concerned that they will run out of water and supplies. "I don't know how much longer we will be able to go on in this situation." Commented Abdil Sawan, the UN representative within the school. Photo credit : Alison Baskerville

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By Alison Baskerville
13 Jul 2014

Licensed to Alison Baskerville. 14/07/2014. Gaza. "When I hold my daughter in my arms I forget the whole world." Comments Ablu Abu Hamillah (38) as she joins over 600 in a UN School within Gaza city. Many have fled the north left with limited supplies. With no sign of the crisis ending the school is now concerned that they will run out of water and supplies. "I don't know how much longer we will be able to go on in this situation." Commented Abdil Sawan, the UN representative within the school. Photo credit : Alison Baskerville

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By Alison Baskerville
13 Jul 2014

Licensed to Alison Baskerville. 14/07/2014. Gaza. Following a warning from the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) over 600 people have evacuated their homes from the north of Gaza and taken refuge in a UN School. Many left with limited supplies. With no sign of the crisis ending the school is now concerned that they will run out of water and supplies. "I don't know how much longer we will be able to go on in this situation." Commented Abdil Sawan, the UN representative within the school. Photo credit : Alison Baskerville

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By Alison Baskerville
13 Jul 2014

Licensed to Alison Baskerville. 14/07/2014. Gaza. Following a warning from the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) over 600 people have evacuated their homes from the north of Gaza and taken refuge in a UN School. Many left with limited supplies. With no sign of the crisis ending the school is now concerned that they will run out of water and supplies. "I don't know how much longer we will be able to go on in this situation." Commented Abdil Sawan, the UN representative within the school. Photo credit : Alison Baskerville

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By Alison Baskerville
13 Jul 2014

Licensed to Alison Baskerville. 14/07/2014. Gaza. Following a warning from the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) over 600 people have evacuated their homes from the north of Gaza and taken refuge in a UN School. Many left with limited supplies. With no sign of the crisis ending the school is now concerned that they will run out of water and supplies. "I don't know how much longer we will be able to go on in this situation." Commented Abdil Sawan, the UN representative within the school. Photo credit : Alison Baskerville

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By Alison Baskerville
13 Jul 2014

Licensed to Alison Baskerville. 14/07/2014. Gaza. Naimah Abu Halima (56) sits with her daughter Hannah (32) in a UN school after fleeing from the north of Gaza following a warning from the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF). Over 600 people have evacuated their homes and taken refuge in the school.

Hannah is disabled and cannot feed or wash herself and her mother must continue to care for her in the temporary shelter.

With no sign of the crisis ending the school is now concerned that they will run out of water and supplies. "I don't know how much longer we will be able to go on in this situation." Commented Abdil Sawan, the UN representative within the school. Photo credit : Alison Baskerville