martedì 28 giugno 2011

Cristiana e la CNN.

Poi ci sono cose che ripagano della fatica e del silenzio, di un progetto costato a Cristiana giorni di lavoro, di fegato e anche di coraggio, cose come l'articolo di Catriona Davies della CNN.

Bisogna dirlo e bisogna andarne fieri.

Infatti sono fiero di Cristiana, niente altro da aggiungere e anche emozionato.
Averne di persone hungry for adventure!

E sono sempre più convinto che la Palestina sia un nostro dovere.

Nel link sopra, mentre qui di seguito un estratto:

Hungry for adventure? Head to West Bank cookery school

By Catriona Davies for CNN
June 27, 2011 -- Updated 1502 GMT (2302 HKT)

(CNN) -- Women in the West Bank town of Nablus are preparing to open a cookery school to teach Palestinian specialties to foodie tourists.

The school will be part of a cultural and social center, called Bait Al Karama, and will be the first women-led cookery school in the Palestinian Territories, according to its organizers.

It has already joined the Slow Food movement, the international association set up to combat fast food culture and concerned with organic, locally-sourced food.

The old city of Nablus was severely affected by the second Intifada -- or Palestinian uprising -- which began in 2000, with heavy casualties, physical damage and intense restrictions on movement, according to the United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

A report by the organization said that 522 Palestinians were killed in Nablus between 2000 and 2005, more than any other West Bank city.

The project is being organized by the women's committee of the locally-run Nablus Old City Charity Society, set up in 2001 to help the residents recover from the effects of the siege and the intifada, with the help of three Italian artists.

The Italian artists became involved two years ago after meeting members of the charity society while visiting Nablus.

Fatima Kadumy, director of the women's committee of the Nablus Old City Charity Society, said the center would give women the opportunity to become financially independent, especially those whose husbands were killed or are in jail.

"There are a lot of women here without husbands, without sons, without anyone to support them and we need to support ourselves and our families.

"The women here are very strong. This is a way we can help ourselves, help our country, help other people," she said.

Cristiana Bottigella, cultural manager of the project and one of the Italian artists involved, said: "We want people to go to Nablus not to look at what remains of the second Intifada, but because there's something new and culturally relevant there. We want Nablus to go beyond the stereotype of the political situation.

"As artists, we are coming from a cultural background, not one of development or charity.

"We felt attracted by the warmth of the people, the local environment and the need for Nablus to connect with the international community after years of isolation."

She added that the historic position of Nablus had made it an important economic center, particularly in the spice trade and contributed to its unique cuisine. She said the city's desserts, such as knafeh, a doughy sweet made from local white cheese, are a particular speciality.

Kadumy said: "We have a lot of very famous food here in Nablus that you won't find anywhere else. We want people to come here and learn the correct things about us.

"Now is the time for building something and for people to come from all over the world to see our city and our food."

Bait Al Karama already has a three-storey property in the old center leased from the city authorities and plans to start fitting the kitchen next month.

In addition to the cookery school, the center will have a beauty salon, a cafeteria, eventually a restaurant and occasional film screenings, readings and presentations, and artists-in-residence.

It hopes to employ 20 women within the first two years.

Bottigella said: "The beauty salon may sound strange but it is a very important place for women to meet and socialize."

The cookery school is hoping to attract international foodies, chefs, those interested in the Slow Food movement, and more traditional tour groups.

2 commenti:

  1. My God, Cri! Non ti seguiamo per qualche settimana e sforni interviste del genere! Vogliamo intervistarti anche noi, qui dal profondo Piemonte! Rimaniamo in attesa dei famosi DETTAGLI..
    Pupi e sicuramente anche maffeo, che non ha visto il blog stamattina.

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