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'I want to learn how to swim like a fish': Gaza children take photos of their life inside the city

Children from refugee camps were given cameras to document their day.

Updated 17.05pm

11227881_409451752572830_5304459280520199917_o Source: PalFest Ireland‎

“I MISS MY parents, I go every Friday to visit their grave with my brother Mahmoud and I tell them how my week was.”

Wallah Abu Musa is just one of six children from Gaza who were given cameras and told to take photos of their life inside the city.

The 24 photos captured by the talented children go on exhibit today as part of PalFest Ireland, a nationwide arts festival.

11717571_409451759239496_3834625530221807611_o Nada Awad: "My father must travel with my uncle to Egypt because he is sick and he needs a treatment there but they always have to wait at the Rafah border because it’s often closed." Source: PalFest Ireland‎

The photos show schoolbooks, family pets and other everyday objects. They also depict more poignant scenes, such as the above.

The six children who took the images were all tutored by the Belgian photographer Asmaa Seba, who decided to use her skills to help traumatised children living in the UN refugee camps.

ga Wallah Abu Musa: I like to go to the beach with my family and play, I want to learn how to swim like a fish. Source: PalFest Ireland‎

The project aims to use photography as therapy for the shell-shocked children as a means of escape. It was done in conjunction with a psychologist who collaborated with Seba on the project.

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Each child received a camera and were told to keep it with them at all the time.

After a month of training they began shooting, first with everyday objects, moving on to every day activities in the camp.

ga4 Rami Abu Jalila: I try to learn French, it’s a beautiful language, I love to watch the Eiffel Tower, I know about its story, I dream to visit it some day when I will grow up. Source: PalFest Ireland‎

You can view the exhibition from 7-9 July at Filmbase. The exhibition is part of PalFest Ireland.

First published 06.05am

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