7-year-old Falak al-Hourani, who suffers from a rare form of eye cancer, stands beside her mother upon arriving in Rome.
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A 7-year-old Syrian girl suffering from a rare form of eye cancer arrived in Italy Thursday, the first of an estimated 1,000 refugees who are being brought on humanitarian grounds in a pilot project aimed at dissuading people from embarking on deadly sea crossings. Little Falak al-Hourani, her parents and 6-year-old brother Hussein landed on a commercial flight at Rome's Leonardo Da Vinci airport thanks to the "humanitarian corridor" project launched by the Rome-based Catholic Sant'Egidio Community and the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy. The two groups lobbied the Italian government to grant 1,000 humanitarian visas for particularly vulnerable refugees in camps in Lebanon, Morocco and Ethiopia.
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