Between Despair and Hope: Windows on My Middle East Journey, 1967-92

Between Despair and Hope: Windows on My Middle East Journey, 1967-92

By: Margarita Skinner (author)Paperback

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A moving and graphic first-hand account of life and work in Jordan, Gaza, the West Bank, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq from 1967-92. The author was involved in mother-and-child care, education, home management and health-care in a determined attempt to educate and improve the lives of the refugees. Skinner explains the impact of economic sanctions; she raises questions of humanity over politics and allows the dignity of people in distress to come to the surface. She follows the drama of the long drawn-out peace process through the dry, intense heat and dust of summer, followed by the floods, mud and snow of winter. There is a lighter side too: the reader is given some of the history of Palestinian embroidery; the culinary delights of Arab hospitality; and the fascinating world of traditional bazaars.

About Author

Margarita Skinner lived in the Middle East with her husband, Roy Skinner, UNRWA Director West Bank, for twenty-five years.


The refugees; mother-child care; embroidery; up and down the Gaza Strip; culinary interlude; the wife of the director; Lebanon - Summer 1982; Iraq - 1991/2.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781860641534
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9781860641534
  • ISBN10: 1860641539

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