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“Messages for Our Rights”

Refugee youngsters in Lebanon discuss their rights and record eight video-clips

Many Syrian children are living as refugees in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq - often without access to education and under dire conditions. With support from the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation, the Arab Resource Center for Popular Arts/Al-Jana conducted the seven-month “Messages for Our Rights” project in 2015 that aims to mobilize Syrian and Palestinian-Syrian refugee youngsters in Lebanon and to provide them with a venue to voice their rights.

The project started in May 2015 by searching for 30 active and assertive children aged between 14 and 16 years with the help of civil society organizations, especially those working inside refugee camps and refugee communities across Lebanon. The selected children engaged in discussions on human rights and specifically the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The participants passionately debated which rights they felt were most important to them. To the children, the choice was not easy, as they felt deprived of almost all rights listed in the convention. In the end, they were able to narrow down the choices to eight rights. The children then recorded eight short video-clips, each delivering a message about one of these rights.

The eight clips focused on:

Extract from one of the eight video-clips on the rights of refugee children AL Jana/KAS Office Beirut