Confined Youth

As they used to say to me, 
they like to run after the ball
like humans 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.

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 imagining. 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 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.

2018 – 2019