This photo series documents the Peace Center for the Blind, an educational and vocational organization in East Jerusalem serving underprivileged visually impaired Palestinian women from Jerusalem and the West Bank. In the midst of all of the cultural, political and religious conflict that often characterizes Jerusalem, the Peace Center, run by a blind Palestinian woman in her mid 80's, has served as an oasis of tolerance, respect, and cooperation for over 30 years. These photos focus primarily on the details of the educational and vocational training processes, specifically the hands of the women. For the visually impaired, hands are often the primary means of communication and interaction with the outside world. The limited scope of these photographs helps give the viewer some sense of the immediacy of this interface; reflecting the limitations these women face daily but also emphasizing the skill and creativity used to overcome these limitations.
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