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.Continue reading