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“أن تحمل الوطن معك”
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Do you have a specific dream? “I have simple dreams. A life where I can enjoy any rights as other people do. My dream is the dream of my father, my mother and my grandfather: to return to the soul of Palestine and live in my hometown.” If you ever had the chance to go back to Palestine just for one day, what would you take with you?“I don’t want to take anything with me, all I want is to go back to Palestine.” You wouldn’t need anything? “Maybe I would just take my phone so I can communicate with my family.” What would you bring back here? “Well, I’m not coming back to bring something with me. But if I have to come back, I’ll bring the soul of my land, and olives. And photos of Jerusalem, photos of my hometown, and the Palestinian land.”
- (A conversation between Mohammad and Tessa, the designers, and Hadeel, an artisan who lives in the Gaza refugee camp, Jerash, Jordan).
As a tribute to Hadeel’s dream, this travel pouch has enough space for all the documentation you need for travelling – including mobile phone, powerbank, keys and a notebook. The embroidered patterns on the shoulder strap are symbols of different Palestinian cities and regions that, like their displaced inhabitants, are threatened on all levels by the Israeli occupation.
- Gaza Refugee Camp (PS)
Gaza camp is a refugee camp near Jerash, where almost 40,000 Palestinian refugees are living. They, their parents or grandparents, fled from Gaza in 1967, when Israel invaded the Gaza strip, which was at that time under Egyptian rule. These Palestinian refugees never received Jordanian citizenship. Until today they don’t have a national number and are therefore stateless. As such, they aren’t allowed to work, don’t have access to regular healthcare, and they can’t afford to further their education outside the camp. If they would like to get a job, they need to buy a working permit of 500 JOD (± € 600), which is only valid for 6 months. So for most people this doesn’t make any sense at all. One cannot understand how these people aren’t offered any way out, no right to return, no status, no opportunities, no future. These Palestinian refugees have lived under inhumane conditions for 50 years now. Although we were aware that we were visiting one of the poorest camps in Jordan, nobody expected that the refugees struggle this much. We were silenced, speechless, saddened, angry, but above all we felt powerless and were struggling how to relate to this uncomfortable truth. Some felt really depressed, others were fighting with feelings of guilt for not taking enough action, and at the same time we felt unease in being part of a van with international visitors, being dropped at places in the camp to visit, watch and leave. It underlined our privileged position and the bubble we live in.
By: Hadeel Abu Amrah & Asma Ayesh, Saber Abu Masoud (Gaza camp, Jerash, JO)
Water resistant cotton, embroidery, metal rings for the strap