According to a news report from, “Ali kneads pizza dough under the watchful eye of Corporal Domenico Magliocca, a UN peacekeeper and head chef teaching handicapped Lebanese the art of preparing the Italian speciality. The pizza apprentice is among some 100 youngsters aged between 4 and 25 who, suffering from Downs Syndrome, autism or multiple handicaps, have been trained since late 2006 by the Tyre Center for those with special needs.”

“Each Wednesday they have a party when the Italian Blue Helmets bring along not only their culinary skills but also their sense of fun to a group of young people otherwise largely isolated from the outside world,” said the story.

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