Beyond the song

Human scenes from behind the scenes of “Yalla n’amer” song

Dalia Younis
On the eighth anniversary of the war in Syria, UNICEF re-produced 11 children's songs produced in 1976 to be performed by children from Syria and neighboring countries. These songs are some of the region’s favorites. They were written by the artist Elias Rahbani during the war in Lebanon.
UNICEF/Egypt 2019/Maged Hamdy

14 March 2019

On the 8th anniversary of the war in Syria, UNICEF re-produced 11 children's songs originally created during the war in Lebanon in 1976 by Elias Rahbani. In Egypt, UNICEF, the EU Neighbourhood & Enlargement and the Embassy of the Netherlands in Egypt joined hands to produce one song “Yalla n’amer” (Let’s build). Children from Syria, Yemen and Egypt were trained by Omar Bin AL Khattab NGO and UNICEF was behind the scenes of the song capturing the human side of the young artists involved.  

On the eighth anniversary of the war in Syria, UNICEF re-produced 11 children's songs produced in 1976 to be performed by children from Syria and neighboring countries. These songs are some of the region’s favorites. They were written by the artist Elias Rahbani during the war in Lebanon.
UNICEF/Egypt 2019/Maged Hamdy
"The lands and mountains I used to watch when I went up to the roof of the house." Idris, 13 years old, from Yemen, when asked about a scene he remembered from his first years in Yemen. 
On the eighth anniversary of the war in Syria, UNICEF re-produced 11 children's songs produced in 1976 to be performed by children from Syria and neighboring countries. These songs are some of the region’s favorites. They were written by the artist Elias Rahbani during the war in Lebanon.
UNICEF/Egypt 2019/Maged Hamdy
"Forgetting the devastation in which they lived." Farah, 11 years old, from Syria, was asked what Syrian girls living in Egypt currently needed.

       

On the eighth anniversary of the war in Syria, UNICEF re-produced 11 children's songs produced in 1976 to be performed by children from Syria and neighboring countries. These songs are some of the region’s favorites. They were written by the artist Elias Rahbani during the war in Lebanon.
UNICEF/Egypt 2019/Maged Hamdy
"My grandfather has a shop, I'll rebuild it with him." Haneen, 10 years old, from Syria, when asked about the first thing she would do when she returns to her home country.
On the eighth anniversary of the war in Syria, UNICEF re-produced 11 children's songs produced in 1976 to be performed by children from Syria and neighboring countries. These songs are some of the region’s favorites. They were written by the artist Elias Rahbani during the war in Lebanon.
UNICEF/Egypt 2019/Maged Hamdy
"Simplicity, Arada parades, and the goblet drum." Mohammed-Omar, 13 years old, from Syria, when asked what he liked most about the Syrian heritage.

       

On the eighth anniversary of the war in Syria, UNICEF re-produced 11 children's songs produced in 1976 to be performed by children from Syria and neighboring countries. These songs are some of the region’s favorites. They were written by the artist Elias Rahbani during the war in Lebanon.
UNICEF/Egypt 2019/Maged Hamdy
"Many people do not have money for treatment. I will give them money." Bisan, 10 years old, from Syria, when asked what she wished to offer Syrian children in Egypt.
On the eighth anniversary of the war in Syria, UNICEF re-produced 11 children's songs produced in 1976 to be performed by children from Syria and neighboring countries. These songs are some of the region’s favorites. They were written by the artist Elias Rahbani during the war in Lebanon.
UNICEF/Egypt 2019/Maged Hamdy
"I want to become an astronaut and go to Saturn because I like the rings around it.” Mohamed, 11 years old, from Syria, when asked about his dream job.

       

On the eighth anniversary of the war in Syria, UNICEF re-produced 11 children's songs produced in 1976 to be performed by children from Syria and neighboring countries. These songs are some of the region’s favorites. They were written by the artist Elias Rahbani during the war in Lebanon.
UNICEF/Egypt 2019/Maged Hamdy
"Because here I can go to the stadium. I want to become a football player." Omar, 7 years old, from Syria, when asked why he loves life in Egypt now.
On the eighth anniversary of the war in Syria, UNICEF re-produced 11 children's songs produced in 1976 to be performed by children from Syria and neighboring countries. These songs are some of the region’s favorites. They were written by the artist Elias Rahbani during the war in Lebanon.
UNICEF/Egypt 2019/Maged Hamdy
"Be optimistic, do whatever you want, nothing is impossible. If you always say ‘impossible’, impossible is all what you’re gonna get.” Marah, 11 years old, from Syria, when asked about the message she wants to send to the world.
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