Remembering Nakba - Memories of home, love and loss

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 18:26

Today, 15 May 2016, is the 68th anniversary of what Palestinians call their Nakba, meaning catastrophe.

Following the establishment of Israel in 1948, a wave of mass displacement ensued, where more than 700,000 Palestinians were forced to flee their homes and became refugees. In a rush to find safety elsewhere, they left their possessions and land behind in what is now known as modern day Israel. 

To commemorate the loss, Action Aid met with some of the survivors and created a short film, which documents their memories of Nakba, and beyond.

There are over 5 million registered Palestinian refugees according to the UN and more than 1.6 million are still living in refugee camps.

UN Resolution 194 calls for Palestinian refugees to be permitted the right to return home, but this right is yet to be realised for millions of them. 

Many hold onto the hope of returning home one day.