MP opens city's Gaza exhibition before travelling to region

October 1, 2010 9:52 AM

Julian HuppertMP Julian Huppert is to open a Cambridge exhibition of art produced by children from Gaza just days before he flies out to the region.

The exhibition, Loss of Innocence, includes paintings and drawings which show the experiences of children who live there and their hopes for the future.

Julian will open the event on Saturday (October 2) in the Emmanuel United Reformed Church in Trumpington Street.

Five days later he will join a delegation of MPs on a trip to the area where he will meet refugees and aid workers.

The four day trip will include a visit to a housing project and the chance to meet a family eligible to move in, a hospital where he will meet representatives from the World Health Organisation and a visit to the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme.

Delegation members will also visit schools where they will hear first hand about the teaching programmes put in place for youngsters, and they will visit a food distribution centre and a water plant.

The art exhibition which Julian is opening in Cambridge was put together by a member of the British humanitarian convoy working in Gaza who stayed on to help the children.

Supported by UNESCO's Gaza office, he asked youngsters taking part in a psycho-social therapy project and older children at a girls' high school to illustrate what they had actually experienced and what they hoped for the future.

Julian will open the exhibition at 6pm and there will music from Palestinian singer, Reem Kelani, and pianist, Bruno Heinen along with local band Matoke.

The exhibition will run at the United Reformed Church until October 14 and then at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies in Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge until October 22.

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