This giveaway is not for a cookbook but a photography book; it is a collection of photographs taken by 500 children residing in the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon. This project was carried out by an NGO, Zakira ( meaning memory in Arabic) whose primary goal is to promote the value of photography and images. Members and volunteers of Zakira spent a year teaching these children in all of the twelve refugee camps  the basics of photography and how to use it as a means of self-expression. The children were given disposable cameras and the resulting photos have not been edited or cropped.

The NGO members who took part in this project were very careful not to influence the children but rather  to stimulate their sense of observation and creativity. 

I had read about this  a while back and stumbled on the book and the  photo-journalist who took an active part in this project at a photography club  in Beirut, DAR EL-MUSAWER

I thought that book  might be of interest to a lot of people;  I will send it  to someone who leaves a comment on this post and whose name would be picked at random.

Text in this book is both in English and Arabic. The book is in its entirety  composed of these children’s photographs and provides no commentary other than the location of the camp as well as the name and age of the photographer.

Final date to enter comments for this giveaway: January 31, 2012 


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  1. Posted January 15, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    Lovely idea!

  2. Candace
    Posted January 15, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    I’d love to win a copy! What a great project.

  3. Mark Wisecarver
    Posted January 15, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

    Oh my gosh! One way or another I have to get a copy of this. :)
    Simply awesome.

  4. Aisha
    Posted January 15, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    What a wonderful idea for a book….Would be great to share at community events!

    Great Blog, keep up the good work!!

  5. Melinda
    Posted January 16, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    Wow. This looks like a powerful book.

  6. Larry Gober
    Posted January 17, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    What a wonderful idea for a book, children see the world so differently from adults.

  7. David
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

    Love to see the book. Great blog! One of my favorites.

  8. jthorson
    Posted January 23, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    I remember these children. I wish everyone did.

  9. Sare
    Posted January 23, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    Wow, this book looks beautiful and amazing. fingers crossed!

  10. Posted January 24, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    Would love to win a copy! Crossing fingers.

  11. Kelly Ledsinger
    Posted January 24, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    I would in turn “gift ” this amazing book , to the host and hostess of my first Houston Interfaith Ministries Dinner . They were a muslim couple who very graciously opened their home and served dinner to 10 strangers. We ate wonderful middle eastern food and discussed our differences and what we had in common !

  12. Posted January 29, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the link to the book! I may have to acquire this if I read it or not.

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    Posted February 24, 2012 at 7:27 am | Permalink

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