Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Palestinian-Americans Offer Coloring Books to Palestinian Refugees

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Palestinian-Americans Offer Coloring Books to Palestinian Refugees

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In August, a group of Palestinian-American women concerned about the impact of war and occupation on children living in the West Bank distributed 1,250 coloring books and crayons to young children in Palestine. The women also purchased badly needed recreational equipment for Dar Raiet Al Fatat, a women's shelter in Bethlehem.

Explained Lamées Karam, one of the organizers, "We were concerned because kids in the West Bank and Gaza draw pictures of destruction and torture-pictures that reflect their grim reality." So, she said, the women decided to pool their resources and send money for the printing and distribution of Palestinian coloring books. "We commissioned Maha Sebatani to select a print shop in the West Bank to help put our plan in motion," Karam told the Washington Report.

Added Sebatani, "We wanted to give Palestinians a coloring book that depicts happy children."

Oraib Barghouti, another organizer, said, "We wanted the people of the West Bank and Gaza to benefit from every aspect of the project's production. …

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