Munir Atalla narrates anecdotes from his time at Gaza camp in Jerash, Jordan. He found that, surprisingly, not everyone in the camp wants to see change à Tahrir.
Last month I worked at a refugee camp in Jerash, Jordan. The camp is home to about 24.000 Palestinian refugees who left the Gaza strip in 1968. Most of the families living there were also displaced from other parts of Palestine in 1948, meaning that they have lost their homes twice in one lifetime. The majority live on under $2 a day. About a quarter live on less than one.
Entering the camp is quite the experience. After the stone ruins of Jerash, one turns left into a valley. The streets become narrower and the pedestrians more numerous. Like a punch in the gut, the air begins to smell of hot sewage and rotting fruit...continue reading on Your Middle East