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The village of Atmeh in Northern Syria has become a temporary base for tens of thousands of civilians who have fled the destruction of their homes, but are not allowed safe passage to Turkish refugee camps. Most have fled with just the clothes on their backs. It is a far cry from what any of us would consider a safe or adequate ‘home’, with donated tents providing scant protection from the cold and rain, extraordinarily basic and inadequate sanitation, the provision of food and basic medical care reliant on the work of a few small charities. Thousands of very young children are growing up in this hostile environment, also having to deal with the loss of parents and siblings. The long-term psychological, intellectual and educational impacts will be profound.
In the shorter term, in fact immediately, we want to provide these children with a rare and valuable dose of intellectual stimulation and comfort, and arouse their imagination, through literature. The hard work has already been done, we just need to raise a little cash.
‘Far From Home’ is a children’s book in arabic and english about hope and optimism, written and illustrated by Samah Zaitoun specifically for Syrian refugee children under the auspices of the Books For Syria project. This project is part of the intellectual rebuilding effort through imagination, creativity and exploration. Education, Empowerment and Therapy are the desired social impact. I think its a wonderful little book that will make a real difference to some very distressed, traumatised and confused children.
If we each make a small donation now, then we’ll have these books out there in the next few weeks.
We look forward to sharing the photos of their distribution in the very near future!
Best wishes for a happy and peaceful 2013
Books For Syria Team.