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Zaatari's children: poverty, conflict and displacement in refugee camp

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By Euronews
Zaatari's children: poverty, conflict and displacement in refugee camp
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Millions of people have been forced to flee their homes in Syria and thousands of them have found refuge in Zaatari camp, in Jordan - 12 kilometres from the Syrian border.

According to UNHCR around 80,000 people live in Zaatari and more than half of them are children.

Aysar Waseem Ryabi spent most of his nearly 6 years on this side of the border.

“I wake up in the morning, have breakfast, go to the playground then go back home. I sit for a bit then go out again and play football. And then I take my brother and play more football," he said.

Syria’s children are either growing up amid conflict, or living in poverty and displacement.

Inside Zaatari, UNICEF partnered with NGOs and Syrians to create “safe spaces” for children to be children.

Volunteers focus on extracurricular activities – like painting or playing – to help children with the tools they need to build up resilience.

“This is so they can reach a level where they can get their needs and adapt to any condition,” Hussein Al-Qassem, UNICEF Volunteer told Euronews’ Anelise Borges.

“No matter what might happen in the long run, they will have the solutions. It can be difficult, but I hope that the things they are witnessing will help them become more lenient.”

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