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In Lebanon gyms, playtime and escape for Syrian children

In this picture taken on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, Syrian refugee girls attend a basketball training session at a private sports club, southern Beirut, Lebanon. Every Sunday the gymnasium in Beirut echoes with the shouting and laughter of dozens of children, mostly Syrian refugees enjoying a rare escape from a grim and cloistered life in exile. The Sport 4 Development program, run by the U.N. children's agency, aims to bring 12,000 children, mostly Syrian refugees, to blacktops and turf pitches this year to teach the basics of soccer and basketball, and to ease the pain of war and displacement. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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