Flowers for Balata Refugee Camp

Flowers in Balata

Today we spent the day in Nablus, with half of the time in the Balata Refugee Camp. The camp was set up by the UN in 1948 after the Israeli’s violently  expelled the Palestinians.  The original camp was set up in 1952 with about 5,000 exiles from the town of Yafa in an area of 1 square kilometer. Now there are upwards of 29,000 residents, still in that 1 sq. km. That is about 28 people living in every square meter!

To be honest, the day was completely overwhelming. I don’t even know how to process it, but I wanted to share these images of flowers painted on the walls of the camp.

-Josh M.

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