Fara’a - فارة

Far’a is a Palestinian refugee camp in the northwestern West Bank. Located in the Wadi of Patriarchs in the foothills of the Jordan Valley, 2 kilometers south of Tubas and 3 kilometers northwest of Tammun, Far’a is named for the nearby Far’a spring from which it gets its water. Visitors to Far’a area can see the archeological site of Tirza, which contains the ruins of a tower from the Crusaders period, as well as a former British prison that became a youth center following the 1993 Oslo Accords. 

Established in 1949 after the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, Far’a was under Jordanian and Israeli occupation for almost 50 years. It was only in 1998 that, due to the Wye River Memorandum, Far’a came under the complete control of the Palestinian National Authority.

The UNRWA registered 7,244 refugees as living in Far’a as of 2006. The majority of the camp’s labor force works in agriculture or construction. There are two schools in Far’a, built by the UNRWA in 1996 with help from the European Union, with roughly 2,000 students. As of 2005, almost 900 families were dependent on UN food rations. The population of Fara’a is majority Muslim.

Overnight

Type of Accommodation

Homestay

 

 

 

 

Family

Nedal Jameel Sawalmeh

Ahmad Mohammad Hantash

Masoud Mohammad Na’jeh

Lara Mahmoud Suboh

Ismail Mohammad Theeb

Bedrooms

3

2

2

2

2

Beds

6

4

4

4

4

Bathrooms

1

1

1

1

1

Showers

1

1

1

1

1

Internet

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes


Notes

When staying with local families, it is recommended that you bring a small gift to share with your hosts. Examples of such gifts are anything your country or region is known for (jams, soaps, etc.), or tea, coffee, chocolate or other candy. You should not bring alcohol or foods containing pork, as most host families are Muslim and both products are forbidden in Islam.

When staying with local families you will also have the opportunity to wash your clothes if necessary: to do so, you should ask your hosts and they will be able to assist you. You should be sure to have your own towel and toiletries.

In villages it is important that you are dressed modestly at all times: this means wearing loose, opaque clothing that covers the shoulders and knees. Women should carry a lightweight scarf with which they can cover themselves when entering mosques or other holy sites.

Due to its Muslim population and rural setting, you will not be able to find alcohol in Fara’a.

While well-stocked pharmacies are easily accessible in much of the West Bank, you might not be able to find some desired medicines in small villages. For this reason, we recommend that you bring with you high SPF sunscreen, aspirin or other pain relievers, antihistamine, disinfectant, insect repellent, antibiotics and intestinal antiseptics. You should also have a hat, water bottle, backpack and comfortable shoes with you at all times to ensure your health and comfort while walking.

 

Example homestay photos

  

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