How Children are Changing Our World Through Peace

How Children are Changing Our World Through Peace

Syrian refugees and Lebanese children learn to express themselves and connect through the innovative project 'Yallah Peace'.

Boys in Lebanon grin at the camera. In the Safe Spaces, created by War Child Holland, children from conflict areas receive the psychosocial support and protection that they need.

Creative methods are at the heart of War Child Holland's support to children; including theatre, music and art projects that use technology and innovation, such as an Animation Festival in Lebanon.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 8:05am

"I used to feel..." Leyla pauses, struggling for words as the other children play around her, "...that Syrians or other nationalities are foreigners and intruders." Then she shakes her head. "It was a wrong assumption."

Leyla (13) was born and raised in Lebanon, where now 1 of every 5 people is said to be a Syrian refugee. That's over 1 million refugees on a population of 4.5 million people, in a small country that already has many social and economic problems. It's a number that puts the current refugee influx in Europe -- and its debates -- into stark perspective. Lebanon has been providing support to refugees for years, and also struggles with the increasing tension and discrimination among people.

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