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70 years after exodus, Palestinians dream of return

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Thaer Sharkawi (R), 31-years-old, sits with his family members at their home in the Amari refugee camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah on May 8, 2018. Sharkawi was born and raised in the Amari refugee camp in the occupied West Bank, but for him his house is 50 kilometres (20 miles) away in the town of Kafr Ana inside what is now Israel. / AFP PHOTO / ABBAS MOMANI

RAMALLAH, May10 — Thaer Sharkawi, 31, has never visited the place he calls home.

The Palestinian was born and raised in the Amari refugee camp in the occupied West Bank, but for him his house is 50 kilometres away in the town of Kafr Ana inside what is now Israel.

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Kafr Ana hasn’t actually existed for decades — demolished in the weeks after Sharkawi’s grandfather fled in 1948 — yet he knows there was a boys’ and girls’ school and can vividly picture the orange groves his great-grandfather tended.

“I haven’t been there but I have heard about it,” he told AFP. “I studied about it and read about it on the internet.”

Sharkawi is one of around five million Palestinian refugees spread across Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Gaza and the West Bank.

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