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This Week’s Six Pillars Show – Youth Radio, Bethlehem

800px-Aida_Refugee_Camp_EntranceRadio Lajee – audio made by Palestinian youth refugees aged 11 to 22 years, at the Aida refugee camp. All audio was made prior to July 2014.

The camp is 2 kilometers north of Bethlehem, 1 kilometer north of Beit Jala in the central West Bank. This independent project provides the refugee youth with the skills necessary to create a weekly, English language podcast.

Named after a famous coffeehouse (maqhah), Aida camp was established in 1950. The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics reports that the camp held kids25a population of approximately 3,260 refugees just in 2006. Unlike the situation at the Jenin refugee camp, the Aida refugees reportedly practice non-violent opposition to the Israeli occupation.

The camp was in the news as the children made a hole in the Barrier to access a green space on the other side (pictured), the army came to the camp with weapons to fix the wall. For pictures of life inside, see HERE. For more info on education in camps and Palestine itself here this UNICEF podcast. global_logo_2013

Broadcasts Thursday 19:30 BST, repeats Sunday 06:30am. 1

The Israeli settlement of Gilo (far left) sits on the other side of the Barrier, in close proximity to the Palestinian towns of Beit Jala and al Walaja. The settlement was built inside the West Bank, in contravention of international law.

The Israeli settlement of Gilo (far left) sits on the other side of the Barrier, in close proximity to the Palestinian towns of Beit Jala and al Walaja. The settlement was built inside the West Bank, in contravention of international law.

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