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CFTA: Expressions of hope in Gaza

March 2011

CFTA expressions of hope in GazaThe Culture and Free Thought Association is based in Khan Younis refugee camp, one of the poorest areas of the Gaza Strip.

CFTA has three centres that run arts, crafts, drama, education, sports and other activities that help children to learn and express themselves.

This is particularly important in the Gazan context, where all children have experienced violence and war, and many have been traumatised by these events.

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CFTA focuses on helping children to process and leave behind negative experiences, so that they can have hope for the future.

These photos are from activities during their summer camps in 2010.

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