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It’s semantics. In India, poorer neighborhoods where Indians live are called “slums.” In Lebanon, poorer neighborhoods where Palestinians live are called “refugee camps.” Yet I saw no evidence of what the media conjures up for us: there we no tents in the middle of a desert. I instead saw neighborhoods filled with vitality, where people still work and make ends meet, and yet this idea of “belonging” is where the words are changed. And it is because of this where words can have a powerful context.

All people deserve a place to call home.

I wish I knew more to say more and to shake off this nagging feeling I don’t know enough given the immense context of the obvious. All I know is that I observe, and I write. But someone enlighten me further. Please.

 – At time of posting in Amman, it was 68 °F
Humidity: 30% | Wind Speed: n/a | Cloud Cover: clear