Torsten on Recap 2007
Now it has been a couple of weeks since we got back from Recap 2007, and I have had
plenty of time to recall my experiences. All in all, this has been a fantastic trip.
Recap has been almost everything I hoped for, and is something I will never forget.
When I wrote my application, I stated that I wanted to learn about the culture, learn about
Palestine and the conflict, and seeing what life is like in a refugee camp.
All of these goals have been met in this project.
The culture and the people has made a big impact on me, and I will always remember the
friendliness of the Palestinians, which stands out as something extraordinary, when
compared to the hardships they face every single day. This makes me want to go there
again – soon?
I have learned a lot about the whole conflict and the Palestinian situation – I do miss,
however, parts of the Israeli point of view. But seeing the country first hand has been a
very strong experience, and I believe that it is very hard, if not impossible, to understand
their situation if you have not been there. I sure feel it is hard to communicate to the full
extent the feelings I have felt, when seeing the injustices committed against the
Palestinians. But without Recap I wouldn’t have a chance, so this is a very important
reason to keep the project going.
It was quite tough to go back and see how life in Denmark is compared to the life in
Palestine. Even though I knew it before, I now see even more clearly how we take
everything for granted in the Western world. It can be quite frustrating, but I believe it’s
always good to have such an eye-opening experience.
So all in all, Recap has made a difference in my view of the world, and I really want to
participate in future projects aimed at helping less fortunate people – it doesn’t really
matter where it is, so many places need a helping had. But I will definitely go back to
Palestine one day.
Torsten Roed, Copenhagen, Denmark