Spending the night in a refugee camp
Bethlehem Travel Blog› entry 13 of 18 › view all entries
August 6th, 2008 – by: alygally
What really struck me was how happy the children were. It was almost as though living in the refugee camp sheltered them a bit. There didn't seem to be any bitterness passed on to them from their parents and grandparents - instead, the message of hope was instilled in them. Nearly everyone we spoke with was optimistic about the end of the conflict, and the ability to return to their homes soon. One old man had lived in the camp since its creation in 1948, and still had his house key with him. He told us that the next time we were in Bethlehem, he would be happy to welcome us into his home, as long as we agreed to help out with the olive harvest =) He was just so certain that he would be able to return before he died.
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