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December 4, 2014 9:33 PM

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1,760 feet of canvas (536 meters) showing the paintings of over 1,000 Syrian refugee children was displayed at the National Mall in Washington D.C. on October 23-27 this year. Pictures of trees, families, SpongeBob and princesses are interspersed with paintings of broken hearts, knives, fire trucks and a building marked UNISF (UNICEF). It is a tale of loss and hope told in pictures by children whose lives have been forever altered by war, and it was laid out for everyone to see. But where did this canvas come from and where will it go now?

Two years ago Beats, Rhymes and Relief was founded by Omar Al-Chaar and Rameen Aminzadeh. They founded this non-profit organization as part of their passionate commitment to use the arts to raise awareness of the plight of children in various grave situations around the world. Omar had spent summers...

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