Palestinian DJ and videographer Nour has launched a fundraiser for ‘Refugee Chronicles’, an ‘interactive archival website’ documenting Palestinian refugees’ stories during Nakba.
The Nakba, an Arabic term for ‘catastrophe’, refers to the forced expulsions of Palestinians from Palestine in 1948, where militants entered and destroyed villages, resulting in over 750.000 people displaced and 13.000 killed.
The fundraiser, launched on January 22, aims to raise upwards of USD27,000 to build the ‘Refugee Chronicles Interactive Map Project’.
At the core of the initiative is an interactive website featuring a map of Palestine. It invites users to explore various Nakba-affected locations and hear first-hand stories from survivors and those affected.
We spoke with Nour about the project, with her saying, “I believe this work is incredibly important because this generation represents the last survivors of the Nakba. After them, there will be no one left to provide firsthand accounts of what happened. For this reason, it is crucial that we document and archive their stories”.
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She continues, “Additionally, considering the ongoing situation in Gaza, where a second Nakba is currently unfolding, it is imperative to draw parallels between the events of 1948 and the current crisis.”
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When asked how the project will be accomplished, she said “I have already visited over 20 refugee camps across the MENA region, collecting more than 50 testimonials. I conduct interviews with the elders in their homes within the camps. My goal is to create an interactive website featuring a map of Palestine. When you click on a destroyed or displaced village, town, or city, a video testimonial from someone in that location will pop up”.
Donate to Refugee Chronicles here and follow its Instagram here.
Henry Cooper is a Writer at Mixmag Asia. Follow him on Instagram.