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The EU Nobel Peace Prize project towards the Syrian children refugees

ACTED’s project for Syrian child refugees in Kurdistan: a Euronews report

Two million refugees, including one million children. The raw numbers of the Syrian refugee crisis are telling of the impact of a conflict on populations involved and on the future of an entire generation.

In the Domiz refugee camp in Iraqi Kurdistan, bordering Syria, ACTED teams have built a Child and a Youth Friendly Space, so the younger refugees can enjoy a somewhat decent childhood. Every day, hundreds of children take part in the activities which help them forget for a while the trauma of a protracted conflict that has been on-going for more than two years, as well as the hardship of being a refugee.

In Domiz, half the 60,000 refugees that make the camp population is under the age of 18. There are only three schools, so the others must either work, rely on home education, or try by all means to enjoy a relatively normal childhood. The child and youth friendly spaces, established by ACTED, offer educational and recreational activities as well as psychosocial support.

The 2012 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the EU for its achievements in peace on the European continent and it decided to dedicate part of its 2012 Nobel Peace Prize to ACTED for an education project for children in conflict. ACTED has been honored to be associated with the EU's Nobel Peace Prize and is proud to contribute its dedication to help conflict-affected children in the Domiz camp. ACTED’s project, along with those of UNICEF, Save the Children, the Norwegian Refugee Council and UNHCR will reach out to over 23,000 conflict-affected children worldwide.

Watch the report broadcast on the Euronews channel and on the Euronews website, on the Syrian child refugees and the support given by ACTED.

Report "The playground refuge: “Friendly Space” for kids at Syrian refugee camp." by Monica Pinna, Euronews, 6'04, 06/11/2013

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