Messages from 4 Palestinians Out of 5.9 million

– Discovering the reality of the Palestinians, who make up the largest refugee group in the world, from their real voices –

  • Photo Exhibition of Palestine (May 19 – June 6, 2018)
  • Workshop and talk event (May 26): The Palestinian embroidery inherited by Palestinian refugees

Palestinian refugees have not been able to go back to their own home for 70 years since the foundation of Israel in 1948. The number of refugees at first was around 0.7 million, but it has increased to approximately 5.9 million people through generations. Nowadays, Palestinian refugees make up the largest group of refugees in the world.

Peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine have become more uncertain since the United States recognized Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel in December 2017. What do Palestinians who cannot go back to their hometown think of the current situation? What kind of people are they and how do they live? Most of all, what are they hoping to tell us?

At this photo exhibition, we are approaching four Palestinians’ realities through their life stories. There will be a notebook in which you can write messages to them. Please feel free to leave a message after discovering each one of them as they really are through the exhibition. In this current worsening situation that Palestine faces, this event is a precious opportunity where you can connect to the Palestinians `person to person.’

A workshop of traditional Palestinian embroidery and a video talk with local embroidery producers in Palestine will also be held on Saturday May 26. It is mandatory to register for this event. Please email the staff in charge, Ms. Namiki (, if you would like to join.

Date <Photo exhibition>
May 19 Sat, 2018 – June 6 Wed, 2018
Monday to Friday:10:00-18:00, Saturday:11:00-16:00, Sunday: closed

<Workshop&Talk Event>
May 26 Sat, 2018 14:00-15:30
Place“BE*hive” Special Event Exhibition Room, 1F The Sacred Heart Global Plaza (Building No.4), University of the Sacred Heart Tokyo
AccessHiroo Station on Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line 1min walk from Exit4
ProgramExtracted from the photo exhibition

When people coming from foreign countries talk about issues of Palestine, they often relate them to religion and it makes me sad. That is because religion is not the core problem. I just want to live happily and safely. I am not even thinking or trying to have a better life than someone else. All I want is a normal and free life with my children and my family. (Manar, Age 38)

Workshop&Talk event:
The traditional Palestinian embroidery inherited by Palestinian refugees
(May 26 Sat 2018 from 14:00 – 15:30)

Palestinian refugees have inherited the Palestinian embroidery from generation to generation. The embroidery workshop will be held right next to the photo exhibition room. Video broadcasting with local Palestinian embroidery producers is also expected during this workshop. This workshop is limited to 20 participants on a first come, first served basis and it is free of charge. Feel free to join! You need to email Ms. Namiki to register for this part of the event. (
FeeFree of charge (All of the photo exhibition, workshop and talk event)
OrganizerJapan International Volunteer Center (JVC)
Held at the same time“Daily life in Palestine through the lenses of Japanese college students”
There will also be some pieces of photography taken by Japanese college students who study abroad in Palestine. Through these photos, you get to see the real daily life in Palestine that the media does not broadcast.
Contact detailsThere is no need to register for the photo exhibition. However, the workshop and the talk event require registration so please email Ms. Namiki, if you would like to join these two events.

<Contact Information>
Japan International Volunteer Center (JVC)
Staff in charge: Ms. Namiki
6F Creative One Akihabara Bldg. 5-3-4 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 110-8605
TEL: 03-3834-2388 FAX: 03-3835-0519

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