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Desolation

Desolation
© 2011 Aref Nammari
Thirty one years had passed since I was in the place where I was born and grew up: Jerusalem; home. This long absence came to an end on May 13th, 2011 where I spent two weeks reconnecting with place, family and friends. I am unable to put in words the intense emotions I experienced during the two weeks.
This picture is taken on the road between the Dead Sea and Jericho--a desolate desert with hardly anything growing in the intense heat and serious lack of water.

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Jason Elkins
Jason Elkins
Wow.... Aref, I didnt realize it has been that long.
6 years ago.
Aref Nammari (goplay… has replied to Jason Elkins
Yep. It has been 31 years!! C'est la vie. I am glad I went especially to see my mom whom I haven't seen for 22 years!! It was a trip to reconnect with the place and with family and friends and it was worth every second although two weeks is way too short.
6 years ago.
Jason Elkins has replied to Aref Nammari (goplay…
that is incredible. 22 years is a long time. Two weeks is a very short time. I can't imagine that, hope your family is well.
6 years ago.
Aref Nammari (goplay… has replied to Jason Elkins
It is a very long time indeed. The family is doing well although age is taking its toll on my mom--the reason I went. She is OK though and it was great seeing her. Thanks J.
6 years ago.
Oniric Mermaid
Oniric Mermaid
My congratulations to you Aref. I find two years away from my family quite hard, so I cannot even imagine how it feels 30 years (forced) away! It must be really thrilling going back, but also hard, Sometimes little images, like your little dry tree in the middle of the desert, can be very moving - your connection with the land and its soul, a state of mind and mood. I feel very happy for you, truly
6 years ago.
Aref Nammari (goplay… has replied to Oniric Mermaid
Thank you so much. It was thrilling and very moving to go back after so many years especially to be able to sit face to face and hug my mom, brother and sister and to get to know my nieces and nephew. The land for which so much blood has been shed remains eternally sad and very much disrespected although publicly is venerated. It is a place of extreme contradictions.
6 years ago.
Armando Taborda
Armando Taborda
...neither Judas couldn't chose this tree...

...any way your return back home was an important event in your life, I am sure, Aref!...
6 years ago.
Aref Nammari (goplay… has replied to Armando Taborda
Thank you Armando. Yes it was a very important event and I am glad it happened.
6 years ago.
KliX
KliX
I am happy for you that you have seen Urshalim again. My dad would have loved to see it again. I wonder that they let you in at all despite US citizenship, etc.
It must have been hard to you, seeing what time did to your family but also to the City and the country.
6 years ago.
Aref Nammari (goplay… has replied to KliX
It was a very emotionally intense trip. The changes that the city and the people have gone through are immense. It was very hard to experience what others have for so long.
6 years ago.
.A.
.A.
An extremely moving image and text.
Kind regards, Aref.
6 years ago.
ypell
ypell
I am happy for you that you were able to go back, after all these years, to see your loved ones. I can only begin to imagine what that must have been like. The hardship is heartbreaking.
6 years ago.