• Latest News - September 21, 2013

    Restoring Peace to Syria's Children Through Play

    By Johann Olav Koss, President and CEO of Right To Play


    They say it's the little things in life that are most important, and for Sireen Jadallah that couldn't be more true.

    She is a Program Supervisor for Right To Play in Jordan's Za'atari Refugee Camp, home to more than 150,000 refugees of the Syrian crisis. For her, hope lives in the smallest of moments -- like when she saw a child in the camp help a young, crying girl up off the ground, and encourage her to rejoin a game they were playing.

    In the face of a war so brutal it has seen violence and cruelty as extreme as chemical weapons, it seems exaggerated to call the moment "overwhelming," but for Sireen any sign of peace is a positive step -- and through play, she is seeing small steps accumulate into a bigger impact.

    Saturday, September 21 marks the International Day of Peace. As the world searches for a solution to the fighting in Syria, we must remember that peace is not only measured by the absence of war. For child refugees, who are among the most vulnerable bystanders of conflict, peace is about having the opportunity to be a kid again.

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