Across the region, Palestine refugees are vulnerable to the stress of conflict, displacement and emergencies. The challenges of daily life only increase as winter sets in. The West Bank is no exception, so we're beginning our wrap-up of this challenging year with a photo essay documenting some the difficulties facing Palestine refugees who live in a Bedouin community on the eastern periphery of Jerusalem.
Though they live so close to the city, the residents of this and similar communities are, in many ways, deeply isolated. They are cut off from important infrastructure and denied access to services like schools, clinics and markets. Even their traditional source of income - livestock - is no longer possible. Most crucial is the question of land: Because this is considered part of the municipal area of Ma'ale Adummim, the third-largest Israeli settlement in the West Bank, they are constantly threatened with displacement. They live in a state of perpetual insecurity, unable to solve the problems of today or plan for tomorrow.
To read more about the challenges these communities and others in the West Bank face - and to find out how you can help #GiveWrap this winter - click here.
Photo Credit: Alaa Ghosheh / UNRWA Archive