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Balata Refugee Camp

Balata is a refugee camp in the town of Nablus in the West Bank. The site is still administered by UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, whose sole purpose is to assist and protect Palestinian refugees. Balata started life as a typical tented camp, but now has developed into a crowded, winding neighbourhood. There is a high unemployment rate and 40% of the population are under 15. However, the people are incredibly friendly and hospitable, the kids seem carefree, but a lot of them have injuries that their elders like to claim are due to Israeli incursions. Posters of martyrs hang off bullet-riddled walls, and many in the neighbourhood have fought for Hamas and other groups. Almost everything has lost relatives to the fighting. The IDF presence is not as strong as it once was, but they have created another generation that will despise them.