True story coming up! This pic is from one my more recent escapades and a very serious one that I want to share with you.
The place is Palestine and the art is on the separation wall between itself and Israel. Most people that have been to Palestine will have been to Bethlehem and Jericho but I noticed that close to the border is a refugee camp run by the UN. I researched it and noticed that foreigners have visited. As part of a project I sent up with my school at the time, we made hand puppets as a gift for the children in the camp.
As we took a bus to Palestine I decided that we would do this all independently. There were tours but I wanted to make sure I delivered the puppets. A quick 20 minutes from Jerusalem, and then walking through the checkpoint I checked google maps and walked in the general direction of the camp. Taxi drivers hassled us (inevitably) and after walking past the section of the wall pictured, I knew we were close.
One thing I noticed was the different Banksy art on display. In fact, there was also a hotel/shop endorsed by the street artist. Later that day we searched and found more of his art, but that’s another story.
Back on the trail, I turned a few corners on normal looking streets and was met with a painted sign pointing right saying ‘Aida Camp’. We had found it! Success! Following the road, I saw the UN office and the gate to the camp with the Key over it symbolising their hope for freedom.
This wasn’t the kind of camp I had envisioned and was actually many blocks built in white stone which could have been in many 3rd world countries. I wasn’t an expected guest so I entered the office and explained why I had come this far. Fortunately they welcomed me and as it was close to 1 O’clock we had to hurray as the children were in school and school was nearly out for the day!
They whisked us off to the classroom and in no time my daughter was giving out the puppets. The children were around 6 years old and were ecstatic to receive their gifts. They even sang songs in English for us like ‘If you’re happy and you know it’. It was a heart warming moment.
As the school bell rang we made our way to the entrance. [continued below] - 43 minutes ago