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ISRAEL-PALESTINE DELEGATION: Visits to Aida and Dheisheh refugee camps

May 15, 2015

PAX CHRISTI USA

by Abigail Metzger
Pax Christi International UN Team member

Today, 20 plus Pax Christi pilgrims visited the Aida and Dhesheh refugee camps that are just a few kilometers away from our hotel. This is a brief recap of what we saw and experienced – though words can hardly describe the reality that belongs to thousands who live in what they aptly describe as an “open-air prison.” While the two camps have much in common, as we came to see, they remain distinct in their own way.

Some commonalities:

A Palestinian refugee is defined as “a person whose normal place of residence was Palestine during the period of June 1, 1946 – May15, 1948 and who lost their home and means of livelihood as a result of the 1948 conflict.”

In 1950, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) was created as a temporary agency to provide services to all…

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