Photographer's Note

In the hills near Bethlehem there lives a remarkable family - a family who cares about their neighbours whilst their cuckoo nest neighbours care little for them. A family who care about the rights and opportunities for children whilst they see those rights denied on a daily basis. A family which cares for the land they legally own but by the concocted laws of others they have had to fight tooth and nail through the courts for twenty years to maintain.

They have finally lost their case but won it again on appeal.....it is galling for them to see a dominant nation 'next door' administering and allocating the 'legal rights' to land in their territory......it is obviously galling for the dominant nation to see this poor farmer win a battle against them through their own courts.........for now the 'security wall' - the creeping border which gathers resources and access to water in this dry land will now encompass their land - denying them free access to their wider family on the other side............what a world we live in!

These kids were on that land when this picture was taken - they are the children of the dispossessed - they are on the land to have some fun and some relief from living in the shadow of the wall and more ominously present military occupation.

They have such stories to tell at such a young age. If only the world knew and cared.

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Additional Photos by Kev Ryan (KevRyan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1784 W: 193 N: 5128] (22956)
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