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In photos: 'Bidna Capoeira' holds workshop in Bethlehem refugee camp

Jan. 25, 2014 5:57 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 26, 2014 10:43 A.M.)
A center for the arts in Bethlehem's Azza refugee camp held a Capoeira workshop on Thursday in coordination with an international organization that promotes the Brazilian martial art form in the West Bank.

About a dozen children and teens from Azza gathered in Handala center for the workshop, run by Bidna Capoeira.

The organization, which has held programs in refugee camps across the Middle East, spreads Capoeira as a "tool to provide psychological support to children and youth living in areas of conflict, humanitarian crisis or in similarly vulnerable situations," according to its website.

"The philosophy of Handala Center is to convey the message that art has a lot of power, art matters, art can change your life," said Eva Pilipp, the Center's activity coordinator.

Handala Center "therefore offers a variety of artistic activities such as painting, literature, music, and English conversation classes," Pilipp told Ma'an.

Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, self-defense, acrobatics, and music.

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