My Name Is Marwa

MarwaMy Featured Blogger this week is Marwa of Reframing Life. Marwa lives in Gaza Camp, a decades-old prison-like refugee enclave in northern Jordan. Through rare courage Marwa altered the course of her life, and is now making a difference in others’ lives. Read her story and you’ll see what I mean.

Reframing Life

My name is Marwa and I am a resident of Gaza Camp. The inhabitants of Gaza Camp aren’t legally recognized by any country, we are more like visible ghosts. We don’t have a Palestinian passport, we only have a 2-year temporary Jordanian passports especially for people from Gaza. So in the eyes of the law we’re neither Palestinians nor Jordanians, we belong to no country. The refugees in Gaza camp escaped war in 1967 on foot all the way from Gaza until they arrived in Jordan, and were given 750 square meters- less than a kilometer of space — in northern Jordan. It was intended to be temporary, but now many generations have been born there and nearly 45. 000 inhabit the camp. The camp is overcrowded and bursting at its seams, but restrictive government policies have made escape nearly impossible.

Gaza Camp, Jarash, Jordan

Gaza Camp residents are not…

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18 Responses to My Name Is Marwa

  1. aaordona says:

    Thank you for the post. That situation in Gaza is brutal and the residents there being stuck in the middle between the radical Palestinian factions and Israel. It’s amazing how the world press totally ignores that situation as well as what’s happening on the West Bank.

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  2. Thanks for bringing Marwa’s story to our attention.

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  3. #hood says:

    marwa says in 61 the gaza entered civil war nearly 20. 000 inhabit.


  4. Powerful writing by Marwa. I wish I had realised when I was at school what a privilege it was to be there. I wish when I was a teenager I had realised the things I worried about were nothing compared to lives women in other societies were and are forced to live.. How easy it is to take freedom for granted.

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  5. usfman says:

    An unfathomable barbaric tragedy that deserves more attention than it has it seems.

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  6. Wow! What a courageous woman!

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  7. revruss1220 says:

    What a powerful, moving story! It is mind-boggling to me to listen to stories like Marwa’s and realize that today there are millions of people who live every day in conditions that you and I wouldn’t last five minutes in. Well, you might, but I certainly wouldn’t. God bless Marwa and her dedication to changing this situation for future generations.

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  8. K.L. Hale says:

    Mitch, thank you thank you. What a beautiful hero. It’s vital we meet and know beautiful humans like Marwa! What an inspiration. 💛

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  9. Deepak Joshi says:

    Thanks for bringing the story in front of us. We appreciate your work🌷

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  10. Thank you for sharing Marwa’s story.


  11. gpavants says:

    This is a Marwalous story.

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  12. hanul says:

    Thank you for sharing, Marwa.

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  13. hanul says:

    Also thank you for bringing this story to light, Mitch.

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