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West Bank Physical Therapy Program, 1990

Photo: Archives / AFSC

A small, black-and-white brochure called “Letter from Hebron” uses actual letters from Paula Rainey, a physical therapist who worked with a grassroots organization of healthcare providers in the West Bank, to demonstrate some of the medical hardships faced by the people living in Ithe occupied Palestinian territory. Physical therapy was an underrepresented medical specialty in the region. In addition, when the project was implemented, many children were going untreated for complicated diseases such as meningitis or polio and ended up with lasting mobility difficulties.

The photos show progress being made. However, Paula’s narrative recounts the barriers to reaching clients when faced with bureaucratic red tape and a region pockmarked with checkpoints and damaged or closed roads.

Created Date 
Mar 14, 2016