Lama Salam plays with children during a carnival for orphans she hosted at the Grand Serail in Beirut, Monday, April 14, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Lama Salam, wife of Prime Minister Tammam Salam, launched an initiative Monday through which the Grand Serail will be used as a space to highlight social issues ranging from public health to the environment.Salam will hold a discussion or event every Wednesday for the next several weeks as part of the program, called A Date at the Serail, which she hopes will make Lebanese feel more welcome in the imposing urban palace.This Wednesday, for example, experts will brainstorm ways to better integrate special needs children into Lebanese society.Indeed, sheer delight filled the Serail Monday afternoon, as nearly 200 orphans enjoyed a carnival thrown by Salam.
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