Aida Camp
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Aida (Arabic: مخيم عايده‎), also spelled 'Ayda, is a Palestinian refugee camp situated 2 kilometers north of the historic centre of Bethlehem and 1 kilometer north of Beit Jala, in the central West Bank.
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Lynn H
Walland, TN16 contributions
Oct 2022
Within the "walls" of Aida Camp is Noor WEG which was established by women with disabled children. There were no resources to educate these children. in 2010 women in Aida Camp banded together to create Noor WEG as a way to empower these mothers to be be able to educate their children. Some of the mom's are the sole wage earner. Some of things they do to raise money is to offer cooking classes to learn how to prepare authentic Palestinian means, homestays and the sale of embroidery items such as purses, hand bags scarves and cookbooks. Wonderful experience!
Written 23 March 2023
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arnottdavies
London, UK310 contributions
Jan 2023
We emailed ahead to make sure we were welcome and expected and would recommend this.
Aida camp, a short distance from all the tourism of Manger Square and the Holy Land sites, was established as a tent camp by the United Nations in 1950 and is home to almost 3,000 Palestinian refugees. There is a visitor centre that explains the history and background but we found the tour round the camp the most illuminating part of the visit. I won't pre judge your experience but the living conditions there and the dominance of the high 'separation' wall alongside will put a lot of what is happening in the West Bank in context.
Not on the official tourist top ten list but well worth the diversion. Interested visitors are welcomed.
Written 23 January 2023
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Maya45
2 contributions
Mar 2022 • Friends
HORRIBLE Experience!!! Do not recommend coming here and visiting. I went with a group of my friends.
Written 5 October 2022
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Regis F
37 contributions
Aug 2022 • Friends
Went with friends. We got a lot of unwanted attention and people kept asking if we were Israelis in a menacing way. We didn’t feel safe and wouldn’t go back.
Written 19 August 2022
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etbtravelphotography
Denver, CO643 contributions
Feb 2020
I found it interesting to tour this "camp" which I put in parenthesis because it is all buildings not tents which seems reasonable since these refugees have lived here since the 1940's. There is a lot of symbolism with keys as they took the keys to their homes when they left because they expected to return after the conflict.
Written 13 April 2020
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Margaret B
Greenbelt, MD711 contributions
Dec 2019
Heartbreaking to see people living in such crowded conditions. Inspiring to see the good work in the arts and other areas that is being offered the children, so that they have a chance in life.
Written 24 December 2019
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Jennifer
15 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
Nothing can prepare you for a visit to Palestine. Aida Camp is a must see. Go with a guide for a real understanding about what has happened and what is happening. See the gift shop with metal jewelry made with tear gas canisters made in the US. Visit the coffee shop, suoer friendly and great service.
Written 5 August 2019
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Barbara S
New Plymouth, New Zealand74 contributions
Apr 2019
Amazing place and people. Our guides talked about life in the camp, it was deeply moving and sad. Thank you so much for sharing your story.
Written 16 July 2019
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Belle
28 contributions
May 2019 • Family
I stayed in the camp for 1 night and the people were very friendly and the children so kind to help find our place. First hand experience for my son & I . Highly recommend the experience. Gives the true feeling of the palestinian cause
Written 12 June 2019
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nyackgirl47
New York City, NY677 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
We were staying next door at the Walled Off Hotel, and our tour guide, Michael Jackaman, took us to the camp. Our tour was conducted by a resident of the camp, who provided an in-depth look and explanation about the history of the camp through the present day. There is also a shop where the residents of the camp sell items they have crafted out of various things such as tear gas containers (the camp has the reputation of being the most tear gassed site in Palestine). It is a very moving experience to visit, and if you find yourself in Bethlehem, you should.
Written 7 May 2019
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