Tampa Artist Helps Child War Refugees

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- A Tampa woman who is originally from Syria is helping the displaced children of her home country with her art.

Children's book illustrator Lina Safar moved to Tampa in 2012.

Safar's father was a doctor who was killed during the Syrian civil war. Her mother and brother were displaced and now live in Tampa.

Safar recently illustrated a series of workbooks for Syrian refugee children as part of a program sponsored by Mercy Corps, a humanitarian aid organization.

Titled "My Story," the project is a way for displaced children to write and draw their histories, feelings and memories.

According to UNICEF, some 5.5 million Syrian children have been affected by the war, with more than 1 million children living as refugees in neighboring countries.

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