Former Education Minister Khaled Qabbani speaks during a meeting in Beirut, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Khaled Qabbani angrily slammed the suicide bombers whose twin blasts in Bir Hasan earlier this year devastated Dar al-Aytam al-Islamiya, a social welfare organization and orphanage.This time, Qabbani was smiling and defiant. He had just launched the center's annual Ramadan campaign: a plethora of plays, traditional iftar meals – some Lebanese families invite a dozen or more of the children at the orphanage to break the fast with them – street decorations and marches to spread the joy of the holy Muslim month, in addition to an environmental campaign. Qabbani insisted that Dar al-Aytam was not merely a place for children to seek refuge, but prepared them to play a role in the development of society.
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