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Syrian-born artist now helps child war refugees
Syrian-born artist tries to provide comfort to displaced war refugees through illustrations
By TAMARA LUSH
Associated Press
2014-06-12 11:42 PM

TAMPA, Florida (AP) -- A U.S. woman who is originally from Syria is helping the displaced children of her home country with her art.

Children's book illustrator Lina Safar moved to Florida in 2012.

Her father was a doctor who was killed during the Syrian civil war. Her mother and brother were displaced and now live in Florida.

Safar recently illustrated a series of workbooks for Syrian refugee children as part of a program sponsored by Mercy Corps, a humanitarian aid organization.

Titled "My Story," the project is a way for displaced children to write and draw their histories, feelings and memories.

According to UNICEF, some 5.5 million Syrian children have been affected by the war, with more than 1 million children living as refugees in neighboring countries.

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