Posts by ANERA

Twice Displaced: Palestinian-Syrian Refugees in Gaza

For World Refugee Day, our team visited one of the 250 families who fled the Syrian war to find refuge in the most unlikely of places—Gaza. Suad and Mahmoud had a stable and comfortable life before the war. As Syrians of Palestinian descent, they are “twice displaced” and have now found themselves in Gaza. There,…

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Mamdouh’s Story: How 10-Year Gaza Blockade has Devastated Fishermen

June marks the somber 10th anniversary of the Gaza blockade. The past decade has crippled Gaza’s economy and standard of living.  The fishermen who populate the enclave’s shoreline have been some of the most deeply affected by the blockade. While Gaza’s fishermen used to be able to make a living off the sea, many like…

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Ramadan Recipes from Jerusalem to Gaza City

To celebrate Ramadan this year, we asked our staff in the Middle East to share some of their favorite recipes. From salads to pastries, these dishes from Gaza and Jerusalem are sure to brighten up long days of fasting. Ramadan Kareem! Sabah’s Maqluba Maqluba is Arabic for “upside down.” It’s a fitting name for this rice dish,…

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How Your Solidarity Means the World to Refugees

ANERA’s Hani Almadhoun reflects on celebrating Ramadan, from Gaza to Utah. I started fasting at the age of seven. As a little boy, it was exciting to see all of my family under one roof, elbowing each other, trying to get more of that popular dish before it ran out. Mom and Dad always made sure…

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5 Reasons Why #RamadanSolidarity Matters This Year (Especially)

When our team sat down to discuss the approaching month of Ramadan, what dawned on us was that this was a Ramadan unlike any other. Sure, the traditions may be the same, the message of reflection remains central and it’ll be observed by millions. From one corner of the earth to the next, families will gather…

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Palestinian Farmers Embody the Spirit of Earth Day

For Earth Day 2017, we caught up with Dr. Mansour, a Palestinian medical doctor and farmer who was part of ANERA’s agricultural knowledge sharing program. Using the skills he learned, he and his sister Ni’ma lovingly tend to their farm in Beit Duqo, West Bank. With a bunch of yellow roses in his hand, Dr.…

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West Bank Farmers Recycle Wastewater to Nourish Crops

This World Water Day 2017, meet a Palestinian farmer who is irrigating his alfalfa and trees with a valuable resource, wastewater, that was being thrown away as crops died. In the fertile plains of Marj Ibn Amer Valley, Jenin, a Palestinian farmer was struggling to grow crops and feed his livestock, given the scarce water…

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Meet Fadwa, a Palestinian Woman Making a Big Difference in Her Village

This International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating the bold spirit and vast achievements of Palestinian women and female refugees. Women don’t always have adequate support in their societies, but when they are given opportunities, they thrive and improve the lives of those around them. Meet Fadwa, one Palestinian woman who’s making a big difference in her…

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Using Treated Wastewater to Revive Palestine Agriculture

The agricultural industry in Palestine is deeply hindered by water scarcity – an-ever growing problem. Though the agriculture sector uses nearly 45% of all water available to Palestinians in the West Bank, only 10% of the West Bank’s cultivated area is irrigated. But now, farmers have a new way to water their crops. ANERA’s first-of-its-kind…

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Sorting and Recycling Waste in Nahr El Bared Refugee Camp

In Lebanon’s Nahr El Bared refugee camp, trash is dumped everywhere. It fills the streets and covers sports fields. As the camp runs out of space, residents dump waste dangerously close to the sea. To make matters worse, scavengers often tear open bags to find recyclables that they can sell, leaving a huge mess. They burn…

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