We started our first day in Al Jiftlik from a crazy car ride with 6(!) other people around the Al Jiftlik surrounding Bedouins communities. We were joined by Raquel – Spanish volunteer and journalist living in Ramallah. She invented an interesting project: altogether with Palestinian children she built a paper camera oscura, explained how it works, later on she distributed single-use cameras and let children play with them! Next day we collected name-signed cameras and the developed pictures will return to the kids in a week or so.
These kids have a very difficult life here. Their only playground is field of mud, so such event is a real adventure for them. When they were cutting out the paper elements of camera oscura we heard an Arabic word ‘muhandis’ which means ‘engineer’. It is quite a depressive feeling – none of them will probably ever get a chance to become an engineer…
The flying circus visited four Bedouins communities, we were playing with children and chatting with adults. We also had a funny adventure: after the fight between a dog and a donkey the latter one released himself from the string and run away. We decided to bring him back. When helplessly trying to pull the naught animal, we encountered Fatma – one of the community elders. Laughing and shouting she encouraged Paulina to ride a donkey instead of pulling it. The result you can see in the photo (the donkey survived).
More details about the project involving local children you can find under the link.