Displaced Aramean Maronite Christians in Israel
Jish, Israel. 15th December, 2015. Four year old CHRISTINE sits by a statue of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus, decorating the home of the Issa family in the village of Jish. This Aramean Maronite Christian family are descendants of refugees from Kafr Birim. Some 1,000 Aramean Maronite Christian inhabitants were required to leave Kafr Birim for security reasons in Israel's 1948 War of Independence with an official promise to return within two weeks. Most found refuge in Jish and continue their struggle to return.