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Street art brings colour and joy to Beirut slum

Project to breathe new life into neglected area brings together local and overseas artists, as well as residents

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Artists taking part in the "Ouzville" project have painted walls in brilliant blues, reds, yellows and greens, adorning others with enormous murals and doodles.

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Artists taking part in the "Ouzville" project have painted walls in brilliant blues, reds, yellows and greens, adorning others with enormous murals and doodles.

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Ouzai today, as seen from the air. During Lebanon's 1975-1990 civil war, civilians displaced from elsewhere built slapdash housing in the area, often without permits. For decades, the neighbourhood's chaos of jumbled buildings and web of electrical wires overhead have been among the first things visible from planes landing at Beirut airport.

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SEEN from the highway out of Lebanon's capital Beirut, the Ouzai neighbourhood is a jumble of haphazard construction, but venture inside and its low-slung buildings transform into street art canvases.

Artists taking part in the "Ouzville" project have painted walls in...

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