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TO NOV. 27
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When we see television news accounts of life in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, Gaza, and the West Bank, we tend to see what broadcast journalists choose to show us: violence, poverty, and misery. And there’s good reason for that—all of those horrors exist. Refugees there—including children—have no land and few rights, and they experience discrimination, isolation, and an uncertain future. But kids are kids, even when the children call a refugee camp “home.” The exhibit “Eye to Eye” presents photographs taken by Palestinian children living in the camps, and these snapshots offer much more than the story we see on the network news. The kids’ photographs show Palestinian culture and traditions. They offer glimpses into the lives of loving, extended families. They even show children doing what they do best—playing, laughing, and having fun. Yes, many of the shots, especially those that show just how deplorable living conditions in the camps can be, will break your heart. But the photos showing kids just being kids—whatever their nationality and whatever the political realities governing their lives—leave one with a hopeful feeling. And where there’s hope, there’s life. From 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, and Saturday, Nov. 25; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26; and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27, at the Martin Luther King Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. (202) 727-1183. (Natalie Davis)