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Well I think its fine, building jumbo planes.
Or taking a ride on a cosmic train.
Switch on summer from a slot machine.
Yes, get what you want to if you want, cause you can get anything.

I know we've come a long way,
We're changing day to day,
But tell me, where do the children play?

Well you roll on roads over fresh green grass.
For your lorry loads pumping petrol gas.
And you make them long, and you make them tough.
But they just go on and on, and it seems that you cant get off.

Oh, I know we've come a long way,
We're changing day to day,
But tell me, where do the children play?

Well you've cracked the sky, scrapers fill the air.
But will you keep on building higher
til theres no more room up there?
Will you make us laugh, will you make us cry?
Will you tell us when to live, will you tell us when to die?

I know we've come a long way,
We're changing day to day,
But tell me, where do the children play?

Cat Stevens


Ayda (Aida) refugee camp in Bethlehem bounded on three sides by buildings and busy roads the children of the camp grew up having access to olive groves and running water to play in.........not for their younger brothers and sisters....one of the most densely populated areas in the Middle East and a perpetual thorn in terms of reaching a settlement to the Israel/Palestine problems. These displaced people from 1948 and 1967 hunger for their villages and ancestral lands now bulldozed into oblivion - the memories of these places implanted in the minds of children along with anger and sadness in their hearts.....they hunger for their homeland ......this is perhaps the one thing that might be best understood but appears to be least acknowledged by the Israeli authorities. How can they come to terms of reparation with the historical ethnic cleansing which took place within the memory of living people....the need for Israel does not expurgate the crimes committed to create it and sustain it.....I'm not talking politically, just as a feeling, thinking, caring human being who sees more now in this simple photograph than I ever dreamed I would a few weeks ago. In the past we have heard so little of the Palestinian side of the story.....things begin to make much more sense when you hear both sides......but it also gets increasingly complex.

Where Do The Children Play? Who is prioritising contact between them, on both sides, above all else - creating the relationships for the future?

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