ONE Magazine

The official publication of
Catholic Near East Welfare Association

Celebrating 50 years | God • World • Human Family • Church

Children of the Near East

A photo essay on the beauty and wonder of children in the lands served by CNEWA.

Sprinkled throughout the Middle and Near East, and united by a charming bond that transcends all political conflict, religious dissension, and racial hatred, are those marvelous creatures we call CHILDREN

Because of the accident of birth – over which none of us has control – some of these young ones are children of poverty, others children of wealth. Some are Jordanian, Iranian, Turkish, others Greek, Lebanese, Syrian. Yet, all are children, and so share what is universal to children: the ability to laugh, to play, to see the world with innate wisdom, simplicity and wonder.

They are not yet architects of their own destiny. They are dependent. The future for a few is bright, but for many others – bleak. Their cultures, intelligence, talents and personalities vary. Some suffer much. Others little. They are a delight and a burden at once. They are our responsibility.

And, they are the future.

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