Isra’a and Basil live in the Beqa’a refugee camp in Amman, Jordan. The camp, home to 104,000 refugees, was established in 1968 to accommodate Palestinian refugees who fled their homes during al Nakseh in 1967. The population of the camp is young and underemployed.
The family is from Yatta but both Basil and his mother were born in Beqa’a. Even though Palestine so close, it is quite likely that their interests and rights (as Palestinian refugees in diaspora) will not be taken fully into account in any (distant) future settlement between Israel and the PA.
Their lives are a constant reminder that the precarious life of refugees can become permanent.