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Refugee children in Lebanon find freedom in art

“The Kids of Mishwar,” a recent exhibition in Beirut, gave refugee children the opportunity to express themselves through art.

BEIRUT — The children running around Sarvam Yoga's studio in Beirut breathlessly explained to visitors the meaning and inspiration behind the photographs and drawings they had made. For most of them, the event organized by Mishwar, a Lebanon-based Scottish NGO, is the first time their artworks had been displayed and their creativity acknowledged.

The Kids of Mishwar,” an exhibition held April 13-14 and sponsored by the German Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, provided a platform for predominately Syrian refugee children to showcase their creations, which reflect the depth and complexity of this often stereotyped and misunderstood group. Nearly half of the nearly 1 million registered Syrian refugees currently live in Lebanon, and they are largely marginalized.

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