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Picture Balata: A photography workshop

Posted by uscsjp on December 6, 2006

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Workshop participants, clockwise from top left: Ala’, Hadil, Do’a, Safaa, Tahreer, Sabreen, Taha, Fadi, and Mohamed

Outside the West Bank City of Nablus lies the Balata Refugee Camp. Home to almost 25,000 residents living on less than one square kilometer, Balata is the most densely populated refugee camp within the West Bank. In recent years Balata has seen hundreds of deaths and arrests, dozens of home demolitions and the camp is subject to near nightly invasions by the Israeli army. It is here that the Picture Balata workshop was started to teach youth from the camp about photography.

Picture Balata puts the camera into the hands of the children born and raised inside the ongoing Israeli occupation of Palestine. Participants ranging from ages 11 to 18 photograph their situation as they live it in Balata Refugee Camp.

Workshop Participants

Ala’, Age 14

I know about the lives of children outside from television mostly. I
know that they have rights that we don’t have. They have better lives.
While we play football or hide and go seek in the streets the Army
will come into the camp… I hope my photos can teach people outside
something about our situation.

Do’a, Age 11

I am not a terrorist I am a Palestinian. People think that we are
doing bad things to the Israelis, but it is the opposite. They are
controlling our lives, not the other way around. It’s important for
people outside Palestine to know about our situation here. They must
know about the lives of the children.

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