1. The photos show a history of the Palestinian’s transition into life as one of the world’s most entrenched refugee populations. In this 1971 photo, Palestinian refugees pose for pictures in a newly built refugee camp in Eastern Jordan.
4. This 1967 photo shows Palestinians fleeing the river Jordan on the remnants of the Allenby bridge. Many carry only what they can hold in their hands or on their backs.
5. “We didn’t realize then, that we would never see our homes again,” said Fatima Husseini, who fled her home near Jerusalem in 1968 when she was only 11 years old. She still lives in Jordan with her four sons.
7. Today Sattari, 62, and her family still live in the Rafah Refugee Camp in the southern Gaza Strip. Her son, Hassan, holds the photo of himself with his mother. They say they have little hope of ever going back to their ancestral home.
9. This year, Palestinians will mark the Nakba as the most recent efforts to reach a peace deal between the Israeli and Palestinian leadership end in failure. The two sides are currently exchanging blame over who torpedoed the talks.
10. While many issues remain on the table, few are as contentious as what will happen to millions of Palestinian refugees and their right of return. Palestinian murals, like this one, still portray a mass return of refugees as the ultimate goal.
11. Israel is staunchly opposed to a mass return. According to UN figures, 700,000 Palestinians fled during the 1948 war, and tens of thousands more fled following the 1967 war. Today, some 1.5 million refugees remain in the region’s 58 refugee camps.
12. U.N. agencies still deliver aid daily to hundreds of thousands of refugees in the camps. “What perpetuates the refugee problem is the failure of the political parties to solve it,” said Chris Gunness, a spokesman for the U.N.
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