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Former refugee donates original painting

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Local artist Zeqirja Rexhepi, a former Kosovar refugee who arrived in Halifax in 1999 as part of the CAF Operation PARASOL, recently donated a new piece of art to CFB Halifax. His painting was done to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion, and depicts a scene of fire, chaos and debris inspired by the destruction that took place in Halifax in 1917. Rexhepi, who is also a member of the Canadian Forces Artists Program, said he was inspired to donate the artwork to the base after Kosovar President Hashim Thaçi’s visit to CFB Halifax in November. Base Commander Capt(N) Paul Forget accepted the donation, and the piece will soon be on display at the Naval Museum of Halifax.