I was asked by Paul Belford at This is Real Art if I’d like to travel to for the Hoping Foundation and the UN. Having spent several days trying to get in from Egypt earlier in the year without luck I jumped at the chance. What I found was quite shocking on two counts. The place had been quite devastated by the Israeli assault earlier that year and the economy was next to non-existent. About 90% of the population is dependent on the UN for their survival. Many of the people I spoke to seemed to have lost all hope.
The family of Jamil Mohamad Tulba. 1. They are 11 family members, 3 daughters, 5 sons, he and his wife and his -63 years -sister. They live in very bad conditions, in very tiny house in the beach camp. The age of his shelter is 60 years; it had been built by UNRWA in 1950, two years after the Arab-Israeli war in 1948, when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians forced to leave their houses. The shelter consists of two small rooms where 6 of the kids with their aunt sleep in one room, while the other room is for the parents and the rest of the kids. The wife is Mona Al ashwah, 38 years old.