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Reference : V-F-CR-F-02652
Date : 05/2019
Country/Region : LEBANON
Title : Lebanon : street art project in Ein el-Helweh
Duration : 00:00:59
Director : ATALLAH, Miriam
Cameraman : SALEH, Habib
Editor : SALEH, Habib
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : reserved users only
Copyright : ICRC; CR Liban
Production company : ICRC; CR Liban
ICRC producer :
Description : Only 1 square kilometer, Ein El-Helweh is home to nearly 70,000 refugees. The Palestinian refugee camp has witnessed several rounds of violence over the years and has often left children without a safe space to play, study or simply meet.
The walls of the camp, especially the school walls, are pierced with bullet holes. Our team on the ground has responded to the violence reaching the schools by teaming up with the Lebanese Red Cross and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) for a school evacuation project.
The International Committe of the Red Cross (ICRC) has launched a community-based program to create a more comfortable space for the children.
The ICRC’s Street Art project began with the team asking the children what they’d like to see decorating the walls of the camp. Later, the children voted on their own for the different proposals put forward by two artists and picked images that reflect the messages they’re like to get across on safety, inclusion and childhood. “We would like to be able to walk to school while feeling safe. No bullets – no bullying,” is what one of the children told an ICRC staff member. The children then voted for their favorite artist and for the pictures they liked.
This project revealed a lot of hidden talents among the children who found joy in art and colors. Following the launch of this project many children started coming to Alwan Center, a center in the heart of Ein El-Helweh where the ICRC runs several programs for the youth. When the murals were finished, some kids told our team members that they would like to create murals of their own in their neighborhoods and even homes.
Children shouldn't have to worry about getting to school safely or finding a safe space to play, but this is the reality for many kids in Ein el-Helweh.
Original language : English
English title : Lebanon : street art project in Ein el-Helweh
Colour/B&W : colour
Resolution : 1920 x 1080
Aspect ratio : 16/9
Original material/format : H264
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