Refugees: The Holy Family

Refugees: The Holy Family

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8 x 11 in. Signed Print 

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"Refugees: The Holy Family

I met the family depicted in this icon while in Palestine in 2008. At the time they lived in a terribly confined refugee camp in the West Bank. At one point the camp didn’t have a doctor and soldiers were blocking anyone going in and out. However, the pregnant mother's water broke in the middle of the night. The camp had a strict curfew and no one was allowed to be out in the camp streets at night, and feeling something may be wrong she had no one to help her give birth. Not wanting to put anyone else at risk they were able to sneak out, cut a hole in the perimeter fence and walked through the desert with their young son and arrived at the nearest hospital at dawn, and gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. The family has been a beacon of hope and nonviolent resistance in the area. May peace be with them and the continued work of Christian Peacemaker Teams in Palestine.