Arabic-Language Books for Children in Samawah, Iraq

The Japan Foundation will give 24,000 books to 348 elementary schools and child-care centers in southern Iraq.

The gifts will include Arabic versions of the children’s books “Hajimete no Yamanobori” (My First Mountain) by Empress Michiko and “Hyozan Ruri no Daikokai” (Lulie the Iceberg) written by Princess Takamado, as well as several children’s books selected from the International Board on Books for Young People Honor List.

The Japan Foundation hopes these books will offer comfort to Iraqi children living in difficult conditions, as well as an opportunity for them to learn about Japanese culture.

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    Japanese books

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    Arabic books

The donation ceremony was held at an elementary school in the city of samawa on May 11 (Thu.), 2006.
(Photo: Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF))

  • Photo from the donation ceremony 1
  • Photo from the donation ceremony 2
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Katsumi Yokobori
Cultural Affairs Division, Cultural Affairs Department
The Japan Foundation

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