For the last week the three of us have been based in Jenin, in the north of the West Bank. We joined a group of about 20+ volunteers in helping renovate a guesthouse (the oldest house in Jenin) that is part of the Cinema Jenin project. Dr. Ali Dabbagh has also commenced his mobile eye clinic here and it has been a huge success so far, numbers attending the clinic tripling over the course for the week, exceeding all expectations. While here, we attended the premier of The Freedom Theatre’s latest production ‘Fragments of Palestine’, in Jenin Refugee camp.
Here are some photos from our time so far…
Oyooni Mobile Eye Clinic is currently implementing the first stage of it’s programme, screening patients in order to identify the nature and stage of their conditions.
Cinema Jenin was built in the early 60’s and was once one of the largest and most impressive cinemas in Palestine. It was closed with the outbreak of the first Intifada in 1987. Project Cinema Jenin aims to encourage a culture of cinema-going for both the population of Jenin and its refugee camp. Project leader Fakhri Hamad, head of the “Cuneo Center for Peace”, Ismael Khateeb, renowned German documentary film, maker Marcus Vetter and a group of enthusiastic locals and foreigners want to bring the old cinema back to life.
The Freedom Theatre was developed to empower and give voice to the children of Jenin Refugee Camp. Isolated from the world they are growing up amidst a seemingly endless cycle of violence and oppression. The theatre provides the children and youth of Jenin Refugee Camp with a safe space in which they are free to express themselves.