Migration Media Award: Second Place, Video Category Arabic
Author: Mahmoud Alkhawaja
Media: BBC Arabic
Date of Publication: 6 April, 2018
Title: Palestinian Christians’ Migration
Short summary: The story is about the experience of the young Palestinian Christian Dirar Barham from the town of Beit Sahour in the West Bank, and his desire to stay at a time when the Palestinian Christians have been leaving Palestine in large numbers for years.
Dharar, who works as a chef, has received offers abroad, like many friends and acquaintances who have left the country for better life chances, but he refuses to leave. He builds his own restaurant as a commercial enterprise and as a means of providing work for other young people.
His father Jalal Barham, a political activist and former prisoner in Israeli jails, believes that the Christian presence in the Orient in general may have an impact on the feeling of Palestinian Christians and their survival in their homeland, in addition to what he considered “the absence of development projects” by the Orthodox Church to strengthen the Christian presence in Palestine.
According to the latest statistics, the percentage of Palestinian Christians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem is only 1%, down from 20% in the middle of the last century.
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