By:  Giulia el-Dardiry
Bourj al-Barajneh

The steps up to the roof were never the safest, but without electricity, darkness quickly settles in and turns them into a formidable challenge. I make it to the roof, however, and see the sight which has become all too familiarover the past two months – the Amlieh, a technical college on the outside of the camp, and in the opposite direction, an endless span of rundown roofs and wires of all sorts. * * * Tonight is my last night in the camp of Bourj al-Barajneh. One of twelve Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, this has become more than just a place where I have worked – it has become a veritable home, with welcoming faces all along the labyrinthine alleyways and wonderful friends within the walls of most homes. As the days went by, I never once imagined that leaving would be as painful as it is.a necessary good-bye before we meet again.

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