Children from the Dar Al-Aytam Al-Islamiya dance class perform during the inauguration of the new building in Bir Hassan, Tuesday, June 2, 2015. (The Daily Star/Khalil Hassan)
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Today, it's hard to imagine the sheer carnage that engulfed the Al-Mojad Professional Training Center – Adnan & Adel Al-Kassar Hall, which is part of orphanage and social welfare institute Dar Al-Aytam Al-Islamiya, in Bir Hasan on Feb. 19, 2014 .Tuesday, a short year after the tragic incident, the center celebrated its reopening as well as its new look: It is now twice the size it was prior to the explosion – going from 2,000 square meters to 4,000 sqm – and two new floors have been added.There was a buoyant mood at the reopening ceremony as the sun beamed down on the center's refurbished courtyard. Nothing encapsulated the mood at the reopening better than a performance by students of the dance class at the institute. Dance teacher Lama Amin, a theater student who herself was raised at the institute, felt the need to choreograph the dance after she heard about the explosion. The contemporary dance routine was symbolic of the children's progression throughout the past year.
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