“Soon the village will just be a handful of old women and old men”

By EA Philippa.

Yara* is sitting in the November sunshine outside her house, sorting beans. Some are for the chickens, some for planting, and some will be bought by a restaurant in the nearby town.  I settle down for a chat over a cup of tea. Yara lives in a tiny village just south of the city of Nablus in the occupied West Bank.  She is 54, with 6 children, and has lived in the village all her life, except for 2 years from 2002.  Then all the villagers were forced to flee after threats from the Israeli settlers who live in an illegal settlement outpost a few yards further up the hill.

Meeting the village women. Photo Credit: EAPPI / EA Mirjam
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