Here is one from Gaza, where after the war a group of artists got together to paint the houses in Shati refugee camp in Gaza city.
Shati Camp gets a makeover
Over the next week, the normally grey homes lining the sea front at Al Shati refugee camp, in the Gaza strip, are being given a colourful make-over by local artist and inhabitants.
Al Shati, also known as Beach camp, is a cramped refugee camp north-west of Gaza city. With a population estimated at 87,000 and squeezed in an area of 0.52 Square Kilometers, it is the third largest in the occupied territories. It is also amongst the poorest areas in the Strip.
Dalia Adelrahman is the brain behind the project and explains the idea came from thinking about puzzles. She already successfully coordinated the make-over of Gaza city’s port earlier this year. “Over one month, we will paint some 90 homes, the ones on the sea front and part of the taller ones visible behind them.” The effort is sponsored by the Palestinian holding company PADICO.
Rami, who grew up in Shati, is a refugee from a village called Hamada, now in Israel, near Ashdod. “The sea moisture creates a lot of problems in the houses here,” he said.
“They require a lot of maintenance both inside and outside. We would like to finish the outside with Jerusalem stone to protect the structure, but it’s so difficult to bring in and expensive. These colours at least will make the children happy and Shati will look neater.”
Adelrahman explained that due to conservative social norms in the camp, and the dangerous nature of some of the work, only men would take part. The group numbers about 30 and is made up of locals and artists from Sheikh Radwan and Bet Lahya.