The youngsters came from 12 different refugee camps across Lebanon and Syria, including Rashidieh,Burj al-Shamali, Ain al-Hilweh, Mieh Mieh, Badawi, Naher al-Bared, and Yarmouk. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Dozens of Palestinian children from refugee camps in Lebanon participated in a "Citizenship and Personal Identity" ceremony, to show what they have learned during a two-week program about identity.Held as part of the "My Identity ... My Address" project, organized by the Association for Palestinian Social Relief (Al-Najda) in cooperation with Christian Aid and the Lebanese Social Movement, the event was an opportunity for Palestinian children to gather and share their thoughts, fears and conceptions of their national identity. Safia Anwar said she is originally from Haifa but is currently living in the Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp, while another child from the camp, Asmaa Ismail, said she was from Acre, in Palestine.Intissar Abu Salem, education and psychosocial support coordinator at the Palestinian Al-Najda Association, told The Daily Star that the personal identity project is aimed at creating communication and advocacy ties between Palestinian children in Lebanon and those who live abroad.Issa said that the children's works were inspired by their vision of the national Palestinian identity and their concerns about identity.
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