In a tiny and vastly overcrowded space, measuring less than 200 metres by 400 metres, nearly 5,000 Palestinian refugees live in Aida Refugee Camp. The Israeli Apartheid Wall surrounds the camp, as do six Israeli military watchtowers, and the camp suffers from ongoing and regular invasions by the Israeli forces.
Last month, Lajee Center’s music group had its first performance for our community in Aida camp. It was a very exciting afternoon at the center. This was the first performance for the students, who have been practicing daily over the last few months. The boys and girls, aged between 10 and 14, performed one or two short pieces each. The students played different musical instruments, such as the oud, the qanun and the violin. The music teacher, Ahmad Hammash, and the Lajee youth leaders Miras, Athal and Alaa, have been working very hard with the young musicians.