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Helen Zughaib: Drawing attention to Syrian struggles through art

Helen Zughaib is one of the most renowned Arab-American artists of our time. She had to flee her homeland of Lebanon several times due to conflict. Today, her paintings are hung across the globe, including at the White House and the World Bank. Her latest collection, the Syrian Migration Series, is on display at Washington's Gallery al-Quds until February 28. She joins us from the US capital to talk about her work and explain how her personal experience has influenced her art.


Meanwhile, in Iran, there are renewed concerns surrounding child marriage. An 11-year-old girl from the city of Ilam has been married off to a man reportedly around four times her age. She is currently in the care of the state welfare organisation. Our correspondent Ali El Basha reports.

And we finish with the eighth episode of "Flavours of Iraq", an animation series by Franco-Iraqi journalist Feurat Alani. In "Platini in Ramadi", our protagonist Feurat meets his cousin Auday in the city of Ramadi, in the middle of the desert. Auday happens to be a huge fan of France's national football team.

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