Thumb sm
After Water Comes Drought
Rashayida, West Bank
By Andreas bro
28 Mar 2011

Donkeys are the young shepherds' preferred transportation in the desert. Every day they lead the animals out towards food and water. The sun is coming down relentlessly and the heat is extreme even early in the day.

Thumb sm
After Water Comes Drought
Rashayida, West Bank
By Andreas bro
28 Mar 2011

The young men from the surrounding Bedouin camps met up in the common “television lounge” which is a shed without windows. With one lamp hanging from the ceiling and a TV they spend the night together. The electricity they get from a solar panel, which a NGO built for them. Tonight they are watching a Turkish soap series translated into Arabic.
From left: Khaled, Awda, Ferhan, Suad, Mosa and Salem.

Thumb sm
After Water Comes Drought
Rashayida, West Bank
By Andreas bro
28 Mar 2011

Hamida is the oldest Bedouin in and around Rashayida. The word is that she is 110 years old.

Thumb sm
After Water Comes Drought
Rashayida, West Bank
By Andreas bro
28 Mar 2011

Taleb is laying on a couple of mattresses in a Bedouin camp in the desert. The Bedouins in this area have many children. A lot of men have two wives and upwards of twenty children.

Thumb sm
After Water Comes Drought
Rashayida, West Bank
By Andreas bro
28 Mar 2011

Several of the men have gone out into the desert to check up on the animals. Afterwards they are resting, enjoying the wild nature, before returning back home.
From left: Salem, Mohammad, Saad, Salem, Yusef and Funkhor

Thumb sm
After Water Comes Drought
Rashayida, West Bank
By Andreas bro
28 Mar 2011

A fire is lit for making tea. Drinking tea is an integrated part of being Bedouin.

Thumb sm
After Water Comes Drought
Rashayida, West Bank
By Andreas bro
28 Mar 2011

A traditional Bedouin meal consists of pieces of meat of goat or lamb put on top of a base of rice and bread and then poured over with warm water. The food is eaten by forming meat, rice and bread into a little ball, which you then shove into your mouth with your thumb.

Thumb sm
After Water Comes Drought
Rashayida, West Bank
By Andreas bro
28 Mar 2011

The tank is the Bedouin's only way to get water when the rainwater cisterns are not filled.
The water they use for everything from cooking to feeding to the animals. The tanks are placed in the outskirts of the camps and then the water is filled into smaller containers and brought into the camp.
The water is being transported from the nearby desert village in a tractor. With the expenses of rental of a tractor, gas and the price of the water the total amount is circa 55 dollars and is a major part of the budget. In some periods it can be necessary to collect water as much as once a day.

Thumb sm
After Water Comes Drought
Rashayida, West Bank
By Andreas bro
28 Mar 2011

Because of the lack of rain it is only the most robust plants that can grow. The Bedouins produce almost no crops because of the tough climate. The little crop they do have demands a lot of nurturing.

Thumb sm
After Water Comes Drought
Rashayida, West Bank
By Andreas bro
28 Mar 2011

Shepherd in the desert is resting while his livestock is making their way throught the desert.

Thumb sm
After Water Comes Drought
rashayida, west bank
By Andreas bro
28 Mar 2011

The men do not work as much as the women. But they always handle the slaughtering of animals. The younger men are shepherds while the older men are the patriarchs of the family. They are in charge and are responsible for making sure that everything is being done according to plan.

Thumb sm
After Water Comes Drought
rashayida, west bank
By Andreas bro
28 Mar 2011

Omar is trying to move the donkey. At the same time the donkey is drinking from a leak in a water pipe that connects the houses in Rashayida with water.

Thumb sm
After Water Comes Drought
rashayida, west bank
By Andreas bro
28 Mar 2011

The view from Mohammad’s house in Rashayida. He has a wife in the desert village and a wife out in the desert a few kilometres away. It is a part of ancient Bedouin culture to have more than one wife.
Najat, one of Mohammad’s many daughters, is playing in front of the house.

Thumb sm
After Water Comes Drought
rashayida, west bank
By Andreas bro
28 Mar 2011

Up the hill behind the fence is a large manmade pool where the Bedouins lead the animals to drink water. It is built by YMCA and Dan Church Aid(NGO’s). It is projects like this that help the Bedouins maintain their ancient way of life in the desert.
The pool is built on the site for an ancient christian church several centuries old.

Thumb sm
After Water Comes Drought
rashayida, west bank
By Andreas bro
28 Mar 2011

Bedouin in the desert, riding on his donkey and taking care of his animals.

Thumb sm
After Water Comes Drought
rashayida, west bank
By Andreas bro
28 Mar 2011

Ferhan drinks from a rain water cistern. Even though the water is only for live stock due to parasites.

Thumb sm
After Water Comes Drought
rashayida, west bank
By Andreas bro
28 Mar 2011

Alia is helping the women clean out the enclosure for the goats. Everybody has to work, even the kids. The dust is everywhere while animal feces and dirt is put into large bags, bare handed.

Thumb sm
After Water Comes Drought
Rashayida, West bank
By Andreas bro
28 Mar 2011

Empty containers in the desert. To be filled with water from a rainwater cistern.

Thumb sm
After Water Comes Drought
Rashayida, West Bank
By Andreas bro
27 Mar 2011

Ferhan is a shepherd. Almost every day he takes the sheep out for as much as ten hours. He is resting before he rides on with the animals into the desert. The Bedouins have goats, Sheep and camels. The animals are their livelihood.

Thumb sm
After Water Comes Drought
Rashayida, West Bank
By Andreas bro
27 Mar 2011

Na’ma is making sure the sheep stays still while Sabha is milking it. The women in the Bedouin communities are in charge of almost all of the domestic duties. They prepare food, take care of the kids and milk the animals at the end of the day, when they get back from grazing in the desert.

Thumb sm
Borj el-Barajneh Refugee Camp
Bourj El Barajneh, Lebanon
By upheavalproductions
28 Jan 2011

The entrance to Borj el-Barajneh Palestinian refugee camp outside of Beirut, Lebanon.

Thumb sm
Borj el-Barajneh (91 km from Palestine)
Bourj El Barajneh, Lebanon
By upheavalproductions
28 Jan 2011

The sign at the entrance to Borj el-Barajneh Palestinian refugee camp outside of Beirut, Lebanon.

Thumb sm
Israeli Sunset
Israel
By Nili Bassan
05 Oct 2010

Israelis watching sunset in the Jordan Valley.
2010

Thumb sm
The Holy Wigs - Jerusalem Drag Queens
jerusalem
By giulianocamarda
11 Jan 2010

The Mikveh is one of the only gay bars in Jerusalem, where Orthodox Jews, Arabs, Palestinians and the LGBT community find a refuge without ethnic distinction and gender prejudices. Here they are free to express themselves for what they are. The drag queens are the principal characters of the place. Every Monday night, for a few hours, they make the audience forget all that is outside of this small club. In these last years, in West Jerusalem, a few steps from Jaffa Street and the old town, they have become a real tradition. Audience members come to watch renowned queens such as "Diva D,". Some attendees haven't missed a show for years. During past administrations, when the club was called "Shushan," the establishment underwent several firing attacks and threats to the owners, but it is a new era of tolerance in Jerusalem.

Thumb sm
Abu Dis West Bank Barrier Wall
Abu Dis
By Nili Bassan
21 Jul 2003

An elderly Arab man with his hand on the top the Israeli West Bank Barrier wall at Abu Dis.