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Young Gazans juggle their jobs with circus performances

The only circus school in Gaza is popular with patrons, and performers say they've gained confidence and friends from the experience.
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BEIT LAHIA, Gaza Strip — A street cleaner during the day and a circus acrobat at night — this is the life of 25-year-old Youssef Khoder.

It's not unusual for young Palestinians in the Gaza Strip to work in public sanitation. What is odd, however, is for young men to work as circus acrobats. Temporary jobs are based on six- or three-month contracts provided by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees or civil society institutions for the unemployed.

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