Photo of the Week: A hug twelve years overdue

Photo credit: Unknown
Date taken: April 4, 2013
Location: Silwan, West Bank, Palestine

Alaa Al-Ali hugs his mother for the first time in twelve years after being released from an Israel prison earlier this week. His family hails from the village of Silwan along the outskirts of Jerusalem’s Old City.

It is difficult to come up with words that will do justice to this emotional moment. So I’ll let it be and allow you to independently absorb the power of love between the child and the mother, the Palestinian and his or her identity.


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