Global Activism: Teaching Photography to Children from a Refugee Camp

April 12, 2007

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Matthew Cassel — Founder of Picture Balata
Hadil— Picture Balata participant, 15 years old
Sabreen— Picture Balata participant, 17 years old
Taha— Picture Balata participant, 16 years old

The most densely populated refugee camp in the West Bank is called Balata.  The camp is home to almost 25,000 residents who live on less than one square kilometer. 

The children of Balata are hit especially hard, and have few outlets for dealing with the traumas of living in such a violent and crowded atmosphere.

Matthew Cassel is the co-founder of Picture Balata, an organization that teaches photography to children in the Balata Refugee Camp in the West Bank.  He's now touring the U.S. with three Palestinian teenagers from the camp.

Jerome spoke with Hadil, Sabreen, and Taha about their involvement in the Picture Balata project.

Related Links:
See Photos by Participants in Picture Balata
See Photos from Picture Balata's US Tour