In 2007, when Hamza Alduraidi came face to face with a part of his family’s past, he decided what he wanted to do with his future. At the time, he was in his final year of nursing school at the University of Jordan, doing a clinical rotation in community and primary health care in the refugee camps that dot the areas surrounding the country’s capital, Amman.
A Personal Connection
Alduraidi considers himself a “fourth-generation half refugee.” His grandparents were among the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians displaced by the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. Many of them flowed over the border into Jordan, including Alduraidi’s grandmother and grandfather. Only children at the time, they met in the Wihdat camp (known internationally as Amman New Camp), ultimately married there and made a life there along with their children. One of those children is Alduraidi’s mother.