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“I left Palestine when I was ten” – Fatima, 78

May 5th, 2016|

In February 2016, Interpal sent a delegation to the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon, where many Palestinians from Syria have sought safety and security. The group met 78 year-old Fatima, one of the original 750,000 refugees who were driven from their homes during the Nakba, and one of the few still alive. She was born in Tabariyya (Tiberias) in Palestine.  “I [...]

“There is a lot of violence in the camp, but here it feels safe” – Saqer, 8, Aida refugee camp

April 1st, 2016|

There is a lot of violence in the camp, but here it feels safe. I feel happy when I’m playing the violin, and my mother has seen me play before. I felt so happy when she saw me. Saqer, 8, Aida refugee camp (Read the full article here) Music therapy for traumatised Palestinian children Sounds [...]

“I want my grandson to have a good life.” – Sama, a Syrian refugee in Lebanon

March 23rd, 2016|

Sama is a Syrian refugee from Damascus. We met her in Al Farah refugee camp in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. “I left Syria three years ago and I’ve been living in the camp for a year. I’ve lost everything I had. There is nothing I can do about the situation, so the only way is [...]

“The fact that another human being doesn’t have full access to clean water should quite frankly appall us.” – Zaynab, 15, Interpal volunteer

March 23rd, 2016|

People in the UK sometimes are caught unaware of the obligations that we as a country have in regards to supporting less privileged countries. In our case supporting the many Palestinians who do not have access to clean water, which is in fact one of the basic human rights falling under “the right of everyone [...]

Happy ‪World Poetry Day‬!

March 21st, 2016|

We’d like to share one of Mahmoud Darwish’s most famous poems, “I Come From There”: I come from there and I have memories Born as mortals are, I have a mother And a house with many windows, I have brothers, friends, And a prison cell with a cold window. Mine is the wave, snatched by [...]

Huda, Palestinian Syrian from Damascus

March 15th, 2016|

We want safety and security, we want a future for our children. Here we have no hope and nothing but pressure. The worst part is not knowing what will happen to us….the worst is the not knowing… Huda, Palestinian Syrian from Damascus, now living in a refugee camp in the Bekaa Valley.

A challenging job: teaching English to traumatized Syrian children in Lebanon

March 11th, 2016|

“My name is Yenala, I’m a Palestinian-Lebanese from Saida. I have been working at the Al Insaani school for three years. I teach English to 40 students every day. I really love my job, it is extremely challenging. The most difficult thing for me is to deal with the psychological problems that many Syrian children [...]

“You see the happiness in them, they can walk again”

March 7th, 2016|

Iman is a 25 year-old Palestinian woman, who works as an assistant and accountant at the Balsama Centre in Saida, southern Lebanon. The Centre was founded in 2013 and supports the most vulnerable with disabilities and impairments. Iman studied Management and Accounting at university and now lives in Jadra, about a 15 minute car drive [...]

“I would love to travel, get to know new cultures and countries, particularly Turkey. But if there’s an opportunity I will travel anywhere!”

March 4th, 2016|

18 year old Dalal (right) lives near the Ein el Hilweh refugee camp, in Lebanon. She is the youngest of 8 siblings. She is best friends with Huda (left), who is also a student at the centre, and likes accounting which she is currently studying. She has been at Al Rahma vocational centre for 5 [...]