Desert is seen by many people as a hostile environment, but definitely it is not how Bedouins see it. Having been their homeland for years, it still continues to shelter hundreds of these nomadic tribes.
In the Israelian desert, the Negev, there are approximately 100.000 Bedouins living in seven main towns and dozens of other small communities settled in the middle of the desert. I travelled to these small communities which somehow are still undergoing a transitional phase between the nomadic lifestyle and house dwelling, the use of contemporary technology and usage of big cars and trucks. However, even with the latest developments and enrichment of their culture, sometimes it is really hard to penetrate in their customs, as a lot of things are a “machram”, the word for forbidden.