For many refugee children, surviving is life, and having fun is not part of life. Zakira, a charity that means “memory” in Arabic, paired with UNICEF to give Syrian and Palestinian refugee children disposable cameras and photography lessons. This helps to give children a taste of childhood. “These young photographers do not try to show the misery of their life in the settlements nor do they make any kind of statement. They merely capture pictures of the world around them and the intimacy of their daily life with a stunning genuineness,” according to Zakira. These photos not only allow an outlet for the children, but serve as a perspective to see life in a refugee camp from the point of view from a child.
(İslam Yakut – Anadolu Ajansı)
In Istanbul, Turkey, a new psychological therapy and rehabilitation center opened in June. Turkey. Almost 1.8 displaced have sought refuge in Turkey. Syrians center will use psychotherapy, art therapy, as well as other therapies to help children and their mothers. The project is led by Muntada Aid and the Alliance of international Doctors. Children who experienced war often need psychological treatment, yet an estimated 2 million Syrian refugee children do not receive help. Regarding the motivation to open the center, the director of the Alliance of International Doctors, Mevlüt Yurtseven, stated “Syrian children underwent the most severe trauma during the war and they aimed to help them to recover.” The center hopes to reach out and help many of the Syrians who fled their country four years ago and came to Turkey.
Read more at the article here.
Young Somali Children living in a Refugee camp in Kenya write letters of hope to refugee children in Syria. “Be the stars and the new presidents,” said one young Somali boy in his letter. They offer encouragement, advice, and urge them to do everything they can to get an education and keep learning. Read the article and their letters here.
Syrian children living in the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan give their perspective on the things that have happened and difficulties they’ve faced. They dream of going back to Syria and becoming anything from a doctor to a lawyer who protects human rights. Watch the full video here.
So far in 2014, more than 9,000 child refugees have arrived in Italy from Syria, by themselves. Many of the thousands of unaccompanied minors are under five years old. These children face danger, violence, or exploitation. Save the Children said that after arriving, many Syrian refugee children are “dropping off the radar,” therefore being exposed to risk. Read the full article at World Bulletin here.
Around 3 million Syrian children have been displaced by war. They’ve had to suffer through their houses being bombed, not being able to attend school because of war, being separated from or losing family members, and having to leave Syria. Children as young as 2 and up to 14 share their aspirations, desires, hopes, and stories about what they’ve experienced.
See the photos and article from NBC here.
Popular Brazilian performer Nanny Assis has written and performed an original song for Palmyra Relief. The song is called “Sahdonee” (Help Me, in Arabic. ) He debuted the song at famed jazz club Ronnie Scott’s in London, on 10 April 2014.
Sahdonee was written as a tribute to the children of Syria who have been wounded in the war, and the song has been dedicated to Palmyra Relief and its efforts to help provide prosthetic limbs and rehabilitation to Syrian children.
Here is a video of Nanny Assis performing Sahdonee, along with the song’s lyrics.