Al Rowwad is buried in the narrow streets of Aida refugee camp and is best visited as part of an organised tour. The centre is a wealth of information on the history of the camp and the Palestinian refugee issue more generally. Solo travellers should email ahead.

Al Rowwad offers drama, music, computer and arts training, as well as arranging special classes and workshops for women, the blind and residents with disabilities.

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