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In Lebanon’s Tripoli, culture defeats youth radicalization

In October 2016, the online initiative Ta3a Sob El Fan (Come to Art) began to highlight the creativity of Tripoli’s youth by sharing poems, drawings, songs and video clips created by children and teenagers from the northern Lebanese city.

A general view shows the neighbourhoods of Bab al-Tabbaneh, a Sunni Muslim district, in the foreground and Jabal Mohsen, a mainly Alawite neighbourhood, in the background of the Lebanese northern port city of Tripoli on August 23, 2012. Fresh fighting erupted in Bab al-Tabbaneh leaving one dead and two wounded, a security source said, despite a truce to halt days of violence between pro- and anti-Damascus gunmen. AFP PHOTO / ANWAR AMRO (Photo credit should read ANWAR AMRO/AFP/GettyImages)It was an occasion to encourage the youth to spread their ideas, as well as to show the rest of Lebanon that Tripoli is not only about war.

Tripoli is often

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