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Jesuit Refugee Service art classes give youth the opportunity to preserve their culture, share their stories and to promote a better future for their communities through painting and dance. (Denis Bosnic — Jesuit Refugee Service)

(Mai Aini, Ethiopia) October 23, 2016 — Before becoming refugees, Filmon, Luwam, Naomi and Mebrahtu were dancers, painters, actors and artists. They fled Eritrea with a few possessions and their talents. 

Today they live in a refugee camp in northern Ethiopia where they give back to their community through art as they await a better future.Half the camp's population are young people like them, filled with energy and dreams. 

Jesuit Refugee Service offers them the chance to go for these dreams, express themselves and gain self-confidence by providing performing and fine arts classes in art forms such as drama, dance, music and painting for youth. 

They share their stories with us in the video below:

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