For decades, the Middle East region has been engulfed by a wave of conflicts, varying in intensity between countries. This upheaval has caused the realignment of power in some countries, and a persisting turbulence in others. Although the civil war (1975-1990) in Lebanon is presumed to have ended, Lebanon’s political scene remains split. Though issues of dispute change, the split is broadening. The socio-political and economic situation in Lebanon remains highly unstable due to a series of events, including but not limited to the assassination of the former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri (2005), the Israeli aggression causing destruction and the displacement of thousands of citizens (2006), the conflicts in the Nahr El-Bared camp leading to the displacement of its residents and the destruction of the camp (2007), the street fighting of Lebanese groups from different political parties increasing the rift between the various central actors in the country (2008), and the ongoing political crisis in Syria that lasts to date and has resulted in millions of refugees.
Social actors have been making considerable efforts to promote tolerance, equality, and justice and to instill a sense of balance. The Arab Resource Centre of Popular Arts AL-JANA is one of these active civil organizations. Aware of the critical issues raised in Lebanon today concerning identity, rights, equality, social justice, inclusion, dialogue, consensus, and societal values, AL-JANA utilizes nontraditional techniques to implement interventions addressed to support social cohesion, inclusion, justice, critical thinking, active learning, and non-violent means of conflict transformation.