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poetry of a war-shattered childhood"Haneen," Beit Beirut's latest exhibition, unites the poetry of Syrian refugee children and the work they have inspired artists to make. Staged by UNICEF in partnership with Beyond Association – an NGO that promotes social and educational issues among children and marginalized communities – the show comprises 39 poems interpreted by 47 Lebanese and Syrian artists.Its goal is to highlight the impact of war on children. The exhibition stems from an aid initiative that began in 2013, when Beyond ran 107 education and aid centers for over 20,000 children in tented settlements around the country. The poems and stories presented in the Beit Beirut show represent a small selection out of the thousands from children of various tented settlements who took part in the initiative.Exhibition curator Chadi Aoun said he contacted artists from all over the world and gave them a choice of three or four poems, based on what he thought would fit their style. They were given full artistic freedom, with the stipulation that they be loyal to the children's poems and work with them on the representations.Taghreed Ezzedine's poem "Peace in Sign Language" inspired Syrian artist Karim Qabrawi to paint a star constellation in the shape of Ezzedine's father, standing behind her as she smiles contentedly.
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