Ahmad is 18 and lives in the Balata refugee camp, the biggest in the occupied West Bank. His grandparents were forcibly removed from Jaffa during the creation of Israel. There’s only 32 miles between Balata and Jaffa, but Ahmad can only dream of seeing his homeland. He’s not allowed into Israel.
Conditions in the Yarmouk refugee camp of Damascus, Syria, are “beyond inhumane,” as one UN official put it. ISIS fighters besieged the camp on April 1st, trapping its remaining 18,000 residents with no food, water or medical supplies. This, after more than two years of the Syrian government’s siege of the camp. As fighting between ISIS, the Syrian army and rebel factions within the camp drags on, the people of Yarmouk continue to suffer with no end in sight.