Clowns Wael Kadlo, left, Layal Ghanem, Samer Sarkis, Sabine Choucair and Chantal Mailhac.
Photo by Ali Dalloul
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When Clown Me In co-founder Sabine Choucair was asked if she'd read Stephen King's novel "IT" or seen the latest movie adaption, she laughed.Rather it hopes to raise awareness on children's rights in Lebanon's underprivileged regions.Working with UNICEF and Australian Aid, the troupe aims to use street clowning performances to highlight the 12 main protection rights set in the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child. Choucair co-founded CMI with Mexican clown Gabriela Munoz in 2009 . Only one of the stories is fictional, written during a workshop by a group of 25 children over five days.In 2016 their project "The Caravan" focused on the stories of Syrian refugees and their relationships with Lebanese people. Earlier this summer, their performance series "Back to School" aimed at encouraging parents to enroll their children in education, with 40 performances in 20 locations.
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