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A West Bank Zoo Struggles to Survive

Amelia Thomas chronicles life and death in the underfunded Qalqilya zoo on the edge of the West Bank.
Amelia Thomas chronicles life and death in the underfunded Qalqilya zoo on the edge of the West Bank.
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In The Zoo on the Road to Nablus, journalist Amelia Thomas tells the story of the neglected Qalqilya zoo, struggling to survive on the edge of the West Bank. A determined veterinarian, Dr. Sami Khader, tends to the ragtag animals in enclosures pocked with bullet holes. The entire zoo has fallen into disrepair after decades of Israeli-Palestinian fighting.

"As soon as the second intifada hit ... life in Qalqilya, as it did in the West Bank, crumbled for the people and also for the animals," Thomas says. "[Khader] managed to keep the zoo going throughout that, with a lot of hope and a lot of humor and just persistence."

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