Musicians perform before Palestinian schoolchildren during a festival organized by Ramzi Aburedwan in East Jerusalem, April 20, 2017.
AFP / THOMAS COEX
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As a boy, Ramzi Aburedwan found himself caught up in the first Palestinian intifada, a well-known photo at the time showing him holding stones to throw at Israeli soldiers. He has since become a respected musician and composer, who gives back to children from Palestinian refugee camps, like himself.The violinist, who studied music in Angers in western France, began by collecting instruments donated by various institutions across Europe.With another mass exodus caused by the 1967 War, almost 8 million Palestinians are considered refugees, with most of them still officially living in camps across the Middle East.Recently, a group of music students from the Qalandia refugee camp, north of Jerusalem, were training along with musicians teaching violin and cello as part of Aburedwan's program.Beyond teaching music, Aburedwan decided to spend this year inviting musicians from abroad to perform for Palestinians.
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