Dheisha Camp

Sada, living in Dheisha, 120 years old

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 19.05.2008:

ONCE THE LAND WAS BEAUTIFUL

Interview by Jane Toby

Salaam Aleikum.

My name is Sada. Sada means happiness. My father said “If my wife will bring a girl, I will call her Happiness.”

I am 120 years old. I live in Dheisheh Refugee Camp near Bethlehem. When it rains, the house is full of water.

I was born in Turkey. My father used to fight with the Turkish a(...)

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Letter Dheisha from Larissa Shaterian

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 16.08.2007:

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Would the Real Palestinian National Holiday Please Stand Up?

Rumors were flying. What day would it be? On Saturday when the results were not announced, people said with confidence, "It's either Sunday or it's Tuesday."

"Really?" I asked, wanting to be absolutely sure. This period of waiting was killing me almost as much as if I was a Palestinian(...)

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A story from Dheisha

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 04.06.2006:

A Moslem woman of Dheisha refugee camp near Bethlehem, Rabiha, tells about the time when her family was forced to leave their village in 1948.

“We arrived in Beit Jala where the (Christian) community came out and greeted us with open arms. We were forty refugee families who were given shelter, food and drinks by the people of Beit Jala. They would not accept any money even for bread. W(...)

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Mohammed Na’im Abu-‘Akr

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 17.03.2006:

Mohammed Na'im Abu-'Akr was born in Dheisha refugee camp on September 13, 1971. He had four brothers and two sisters. His family emigrated from their native village Ras Abu-'Ammar inside the so-called green line in Palestine, and settled down in Dheisha Camp together with other Palestinian refugees. When he was five years old, Mohammed played with other children in the pathways of the camp. H(...)

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