Fun festival brings smiles to Syrian children

Turkish group hosts street shows, workshops and film screenings for displaced children

Meryem Goktas   | 18.09.2019
Fun festival brings smiles to Syrian children

AZAZ, Syria

A Turkish rights group is bringing smiles to the faces of displaced Syrian children.

The International Refugee Rights Association (UMHD) on Wednesday organized the Borderless Festival at an elementary school in the Nayara village in Syria's northwestern province of Azaz.

The school premises echoed with laughter and music as children played games and got their faces painted.  

The six-day festival which kicked off on Monday will run through Saturday. 

"This is the first time I saw a magic show. Everything is beautiful," said Aya Muhammad, a 10-year-old student. 

"I have not had fun like this for a long time," said Muhammad Ali, who attends sixth grade.


Children received school bags and supplies at the end of the festival. 

The festival which aims to reach 10,000 Syrian children will continue for four days in Syria and one day at the Elbeyli refugee camp in Turkey's southern Kilis province.  

Volunteers will organize fun-filled activities such as film screening, street shows and workshops. 


As the conflict in Syria entered its ninth year, children inside the war-weary country continue to bear the brunt of the conflict. 

Many young Syrian children have never known peace living in squalid conditions in refugee camps. 

According to UNICEF, some 5.6 million children still need humanitarian assistance in Syria, while 2.6 million remain internally displaced.

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