Their hands signed the words, and they heard the music through cochlear implants. A group of Lebanese and Syrian children performed Christmas carols in Beirut on Christmas Eve, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reports.
The choir is made up of 26 children aged between four and 16 years, performing under conductor Pascal Khairallah, the artistic director the Father Andeweg Institute for the Deaf, located on the outskirts of Beirut.
The children had to divide every word into letters to be able to pronounce the lyrics accurately. The outcome is miraculous, said Khairallah.
‘’I am very proud of them. They are singing a melody they can’t even hear properly. It is like asking blind people to color something they can’t see … so it is a great thing they are able to do it.’’
Among the seven Syrian refugee children is nine-year-old Ali from Damascus. Born with a hearing impairment, Ali learned how to use his voice for the first time when he joined the school in 2012 and began wearing a hearing aid.
“I am happy to sing together with other children,” said Ali. His favorite is Silent Night.
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