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Volunteer clowns from Belgium's 'Clowns Without Borders' entertain children in Lebanon's refugee camps.
Last updated: 24 Apr 2014 10:47
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As they walk through the Shatila refugee camp in Beirut with a stampede of children at their feet, Kevin, Geraldine, Francoise and Virginie sing and smile at the incredulous locals. These Belgian clowns are in Lebanon for a month to play for Syrian, Palestinian and Lebanese children in the refugee camps.

Today, an estimated 500,000 Syrian children are living as refugees in Lebanon, and most don't attend school.

The clowns are volunteering with the association "Clowns and Magicians Without Borders", founded 10 years ago in Belgium. At the end of this trip, they will have visited the Bekaa, Tripoli, Beirut and even southern Lebanon, home to the famous Shebaa farms. On April 30, the troupe will play its last of 40 performances in Lebanon.

They will then travel to Afghanistan to once again turn their motto - "Laughing is the shortest distance between two people" - into reality.


/Melinda Trochu/Al Jazeera
The clowns paraded through the streets of the Shatila refugee camp with children and other camp residents.


/Melinda Trochu/Al Jazeera

The Shatila refugee camp in southern Beirut was created in 1949 after the expulsion of Palestinians from their homeland. It is an overcrowded camp with around 20,000 people per square kilometre. The camp suffers from lack of space, water and electricity.



/Melinda Trochu/Al Jazeera

The clowns travel with few materials. They make the children laugh with a basin, ropes, plastic bags, a large umbrella and of course, their red noses.



/Melinda Trochu/Al Jazeera

More than half of the one million registered Syrian refugees in Lebanon are children. Among these children, 310,000 are currently not attending school, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). Instead, they wander the alleys of their camps.



/Melinda Trochu/Al Jazeera
Residents of the camp played music with the kids and clowns during the parade.


/Melinda Trochu/Al Jazeera

The clowns performed in the library of the camp's Children and Youth Centre.



/Melinda Trochu/Al Jazeera

Around 100 children attended the clowns' show. 



/Melinda Trochu/Al Jazeera
The clowns try to involve the kids in their acts as much as possible.


/Melinda Trochu/Al Jazeera

The NGO "Clowns and Magicians Without Borders" is active in several countries. Originally from Belgium, the clowns are all volunteers.



/Melinda Trochu/Al Jazeera

Abu Moujahed, director of the Children and Youth Centre, said that the main purpose of hosting the clowns is "to make [the children] happy, because in Shatila they suffer a lot".



/Melinda Trochu/Al Jazeera
"When we go somewhere, we want the kids to forget that they are hungry, afraid, thirsty," said Francoise, one of the clowns. "Most of all, we want to remind them that they are just kids. And that they have the right to dream."



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The clowns paraded through the streets of the Shatila refugee camp with children and other camp residents.;*;

The Shatila refugee camp in southern Beirut was created in 1949 after the expulsion of Palestinians from their homeland. It is an overcrowded camp with around 20,000 people per square kilometre. The camp suffers from lack of space, water and electricity.

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The clowns travel with few materials. They make the children laugh with a basin, ropes, plastic bags, a large umbrella and of course, their red noses.

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More than half of the one million registered Syrian refugees in Lebanon are children. Among these children, 310,000 are currently not attending school, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). Instead, they wander the alleys of their camps.

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The clowns performed in the library of the camp(***)s Children and Youth Centre.

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Around 100 children attended the clowns(***) show. 

;*;The clowns try to involve the kids in their acts as much as possible.;*;

The NGO "Clowns and Magicians Without Borders" is active in several countries. Originally from Belgium, the clowns are all volunteers.

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Abu Moujahed, director of the Children and Youth Centre, said that the main purpose of hosting the clowns is "to make [the children] happy, because in Shatila they suffer a lot".

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The clowns paraded through the streets of the Shatila refugee camp with children and other camp residents.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Clowns_without_borders_in_Lebanon/slideshow/no-caption/2e67c499b4ba40d5bd2d2fc7f19a51e9Melinda Trochu/Al Jazeera

The clowns paraded through the streets of the Shatila refugee camp with children and other camp residents.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Clowns_without_borders_in_Lebanon/slideshow/no-caption/1240a358f322c1ad8342b3b5994a91b3

The Shatila refugee camp in southern Beirut was created in 1949 after the expulsion of Palestinians from their homeland. It is an overcrowded camp with around 20,000 people (including also Syrians and Palestinian refugees from Syria) per square kilometer. The camp suffers from lack of space, water and electricity.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Clowns_without_borders_in_Lebanon/slideshow/no-caption/1240a358f322c1ad8342b3b5994a91b3Melinda Trochu/Al Jazeera

The Shatila refugee camp in southern Beirut was created in 1949 after the expulsion of Palestinians from their homeland. It is an overcrowded camp with around 20,000 people (including also Syrians and Palestinian refugees from Syria) per square kilometer. The camp suffers from lack of space, water and electricity.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Clowns_without_borders_in_Lebanon/slideshow/no-caption/a9b00aa3d020156ac9458075891035fb

The clowns travel with few materials. They make the children laugh with a basin, ropes, plastic bags, a large umbrella and of course their red noses.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Clowns_without_borders_in_Lebanon/slideshow/no-caption/a9b00aa3d020156ac9458075891035fbMelinda Trochu/Al Jazeera

The clowns travel with few materials. They make the children laugh with a basin, ropes, plastic bags, a large umbrella and of course their red noses.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Clowns_without_borders_in_Lebanon/slideshow/no-caption/1f306d15ee9a8b7d9afed95940ac6b30

Over half of the one million registered Syrian refugees in Lebanon are children. Among these children, 310,000 are currently not attending school, according to UNHCR. Instead, they wander the alleys of their camps.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Clowns_without_borders_in_Lebanon/slideshow/no-caption/1f306d15ee9a8b7d9afed95940ac6b30Melinda Trochu/Al Jazeera

Over half of the one million registered Syrian refugees in Lebanon are children. Among these children, 310,000 are currently not attending school, according to UNHCR. Instead, they wander the alleys of their camps.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Clowns_without_borders_in_Lebanon/slideshow/no-caption/c55b12624aa74c825bb9bffa15b44277

Residents of the camp played music with the kids and clowns during the parade.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Clowns_without_borders_in_Lebanon/slideshow/no-caption/c55b12624aa74c825bb9bffa15b44277Melinda Trochu/Al Jazeera

Residents of the camp played music with the kids and clowns during the parade.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Clowns_without_borders_in_Lebanon/slideshow/no-caption/03c2523b700265370d42de583702d0ff

In the camp's "Children and Youth Centre", the clowns performed in the library.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Clowns_without_borders_in_Lebanon/slideshow/no-caption/03c2523b700265370d42de583702d0ffMelinda Trochu/Al Jazeera

In the camp's "Children and Youth Centre", the clowns performed in the library.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Clowns_without_borders_in_Lebanon/slideshow/no-caption/1bf41256cbc6348d6fa3827399bf0c4b

Around 100 children attended the clowns' show inside the camp's library of the "Children and Youth Centre".

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Clowns_without_borders_in_Lebanon/slideshow/no-caption/1bf41256cbc6348d6fa3827399bf0c4bMelinda Trochu/Al Jazeera

Around 100 children attended the clowns' show inside the camp's library of the "Children and Youth Centre".

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Clowns_without_borders_in_Lebanon/slideshow/no-caption/7d8fa365bda7f27ed3a6852849335481

The clowns try to involve the kids in their acts as much as possible.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Clowns_without_borders_in_Lebanon/slideshow/no-caption/7d8fa365bda7f27ed3a6852849335481Melinda Trochu/Al Jazeera

The clowns try to involve the kids in their acts as much as possible.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Clowns_without_borders_in_Lebanon/slideshow/no-caption/3a445481ca1a9807a0370e8957424cb6

The NGO "Clowns and magicians without borders" is present in several countries. Clowns from Belgium are all volunteers.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Clowns_without_borders_in_Lebanon/slideshow/no-caption/3a445481ca1a9807a0370e8957424cb6Melinda Trochu/Al Jazeera

The NGO "Clowns and magicians without borders" is present in several countries. Clowns from Belgium are all volunteers.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Clowns_without_borders_in_Lebanon/slideshow/no-caption/b0863f81ac858f6fc55cf56cbfca66ab

Abu Moujahed, director of the "Children and Youth Centre", said that the main purpose of hosting the clowns here is "to make [the children] happy, because in Shatila they suffer a lot".

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Clowns_without_borders_in_Lebanon/slideshow/no-caption/b0863f81ac858f6fc55cf56cbfca66abMelinda Trochu/Al Jazeera

Abu Moujahed, director of the "Children and Youth Centre", said that the main purpose of hosting the clowns here is "to make [the children] happy, because in Shatila they suffer a lot".

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Clowns_without_borders_in_Lebanon/slideshow/no-caption/c17b75f3c07b21cead3d2480c30e482c

"When we go somewhere, we want the kids to forget that they are hungry, afraid, thirsty," said Francoise, one of the clowns. "Most of all, we want to remind them that they are just kids. And that they have the right to dream."

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Clowns_without_borders_in_Lebanon/slideshow/no-caption/c17b75f3c07b21cead3d2480c30e482cMelinda Trochu/Al Jazeera

"When we go somewhere, we want the kids to forget that they are hungry, afraid, thirsty," said Francoise, one of the clowns. "Most of all, we want to remind them that they are just kids. And that they have the right to dream."



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