Dramatic turkish soap opera moment, West Bank village of Buruqin, village representative’s living room. He has a cat named Watson & three kids in university, one about to enter, & daughter just graduated w chemistry degree. Surrounded by settlements, the village
is struggling and there are no jobs. Photo by @habjouqa. On
assignment for riwaq. #palestine #westbank #occupiedterritories #riwaq #dailylife #livingroomsmiddleeast

The young mother blinked back tears. “What happened to our beautiful country makes me ache. Our fate is worse than the Palestinians.” Noticing the children tearing up, she composed herself. Here, her niece “Nada” a three year old refugee living in an “informal tent settlement” in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon plays through the curtain with a Save the Children employee. (Also a Syrian refugee). Exposed to the elements, snakes enter the tents and poverty and isolation from medical services already led to the stillborn of her would be cousin. They left behind a life and home the long for in Homs. Syrian refugees now top three million. Shot while on assignment for German publication Brigitte, photo by @habjouqa #syria #refugee #children #savethechildren #lebanon

Reflection of “lara”, 22, a Syrian refugee, showing her new engagement ring. Her father defected from Syrian army, horrified by its actions, into Jordan w his family. She now volunteers in a women’s shelter. Her final year of studies (english lit) interrupted, she also left behind her university love. His family sought refuge in Saudi, and the young lovers begged her father to allow marriage. A reticent father thought to wait for happier times in Syria but gave up hope. She is now engaged and will move w her husband and complete studies in Saudi. She knows she is lucky compared to most. By @habjouqa #syria #refugees #jordan # lovestory #survival #inspiringwomen

Summer wedding season begins across Palestine. Hollaback girls have fun w makeup & play in bride/groom throne. #gaza #weddings #summer #girlswillbegirls #palestine #territories #latergram2013

West Bank spring wedding/ zaffa. #palestine #weddings #springtimeromance

Soulful beauty of @ebaarezeq as she gazes out of her Gaza home. Tattooed on her wrists are the words “restiamo umano” or “stay human”. The words are in memory of her fallen friend, human rights activist Vittorio Arrigoni. #gaza #palestine #stayhuman #restiamoumani

On the outskirts of Nablus, a man pauses outside magic touch in the rain. #westbank #palestine #adventureswithriwaq #magictouch

"The voice of the Orient"…Burqin, West Bank village. #westbank #palestine #meanderings #sadfinds

Blue jeans baby….west bank rooftop stalking, no dirty laundry here. #westbank #palestine

West bank road trip coffee spot…abandoned couch with a view. #westbank #palestine #lonelyabandonedcouches