Confined Youth

Confined Youth is a personal project realized in 2019 in Marka Refugee Camp, Zarqa, Jordan, 2019.

I got the chance to interview and photograph some of them, mainly a group of friends that call themselves a “gang”. Their gang is not like the ones we are used to imagine. Their gang was born and raised with the dream and hope to go back to their country, Palestine, but they have never been allowed to. They were born in a house that meant to be temporary, but in the end it became permanent. They are lost in a limbo without possibilities and they don’t know what the future holds for them, they merely spend each day surviving. But there is still one thing that makes them happy and that is football. As they used to say to me, they like to run after the ball like to run after dreams.

Marka camp was established in 1968 to shelter 15,000 Palestinian refugees and displaced persons who left the West Bank and the Gaza Strip during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. Based on UNRWA data, the number of registered refugees in the camp is 44,879 and over 17,500 are displaced persons.

Thank you Haroon, Alaa, Qais and Abdulrahman for the trust they put in me and for allowing me to realize this project.
Thank you my friend Mahmoud for making me feel part of his family and for helping me accomplish this project in Jordan.