West Bank Portrait

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West Bank Portrait - Jericho, 2008. I took this picture in 2008 in the West Bank, Palestinian Territories on a small farm near Jericho. I was working with Oxfam, UK, whose programs were assisting local families in remote areas with building greenhouses so that they could grow their own produce. It was one of the most personally challenging places I have ever been, as we passed through no less than 3 checkpoints on the way there and back to JerusalemÂ…the last being at the huge wall in Ramallah. I saw for myself what it is like to live as an average Palestinian, and I was filled with sadness, as it is exceedingly difficult to see an entire culture suffer for the extremist practices of the few.