Fieldset
1. Coming to Palestine

03 January 2008 – Coming to Palestine to work with MSF as a psychologist was a desire I had for a long time. The last 3 weeks this has become a reality for me. I'll be living and working in Hebron for the next six months.

03 January 2008 – Coming to Palestine to work with MSF as a psychologist was a desire I had for a long time. The last 3 weeks this has become a reality for me. I'll be living and working in Hebron for the next six months. The goal of the project, the goal of my work, is to provide psychotherapy to the local people suffering from the ongoing conflict with Israel. Easy to write, difficult to accomplish such a thing though.

My first impression about the people here is that they have an amazing courage and love for life, despite the difficulties. And there seems to be a lot of difficulties here, of a varying nature and sometimes even unimaginable. I am wondering already how I would have reacted myself if I had to go through such sufferings. I feel that I have to go through this personal introspection in order not to just carry my western psychotherapeutic ideas around. Reality stroke me suddenly on the head here and thus this introvert mood... The photos are the first ones I took when I came in Hebron. They show Bedouin children somewhere between the foot of a mountain and an Israeli settlement.

Elina Pelekanou

Psychologist, Hebron

MSF