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MILK AND HONEY
Meeting the people and tasting the food of Auja
The most memorable aspect of any journey is often not the view or the historic sites, but the people you meet along the way. This journey offers a chance to drink tea and talk with some of the families who live in and around Auja, and to learn from them about life in the valley.
We begin by visiting the Bedouin family of Naif Ghawameh, near Auja’s spring, where we share a breakfast of fresh shraq bread with yoghurt and cheese, thyme and oil. From here we drive into Auja village for tea at the home of the Njoum family - one of the last that still keeps bees and collects the special honey that they make from the Acacia trees. The Njoums also have a couple of cows, and you’ll be able to taste or buy cheese and milk as well as honey. We end with a visit Auja’s women’s cooperative, where you can talk with the women, see the handicrafts they make, and find out about the work of the cooperative.
Many of Auja’s families struggle everyday with problems that most of us only read about in reports or newspapers: ecological degradation, lack of water, and the spread of Israeli settlements through the valley. Alongside the warmth and good humor that you’re sure to find in Auja, this is a journey that will open your eyes to the individual human stories that often go unheard in the political debates and environmental campaigns.
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