What Syrian Child Refugees Miss Most About Home
Save the Children has been working with the nearly 1 million Syrian refugee children in Turkey, providing them with access to psychosocial support and new clothing, as well as setting up “Child Friendly Spaces” –places that provide children affected by the conflict a comforting environment that helps them cope with the uncertainty around them, learn and play, and gives them the time and space to just be children. We recently asked these children what they missed most since leaving their homes – and what they like about the new places they are living now.
Joan, 5, left Syria and came to Turkey with his two sisters after his mother and older brother were killed, and his father disappeared. "I have drawn my home in Syria which I miss it a lot, and my older brother and my mother who died in Syria; I miss them both so much."
Husain, 11, is now living with his family in southern Turkey. "I love the playground in my school where I play with my friends Moaath and Abd. I have drawn my friends, they are happy because we are playing together in the sunshine."
Karam, 7, drew himself and his 6 year old sister, Lama, playing ball in their grandfather's garden in Syria. The garden was full of flowers and had a small lake where ducks swam.
Mahmoud, 10 (right), drew a picture of a school named after himself because he dreams of one day opening his own school to ensure all children can study, like he is able to do.
Jad, 13 (center), is in the third grade at school. He and his 13 brothers and two sisters fled their home in Syria three years ago, moving from place to place to find somewhere safe to stay and eventually crossing the border to Turkey. "Today I drew my home, my street, our neighbor's homes, and the trees on the street. I haven't seen these for such a long time, for three years.In the future I want to become an inventor and create new and useful things for the world."
Tareq, 8, drew his two-story home and garden in Syria where he used to play football with his neighbors next to the apple tree. He now lives in a rented room with his 10 year old brother and mother where the electricity often cuts out and clean water is scarce.
Salma, 11, drew herself jumping rope and her favorite clown from a kid’s television show called ‘Asdikaa’ that she used to watch back in her home in Syria
Yara, 9 (center), came to Turkey two years ago from Syria with her parents and her four younger sisters and one younger brother. She said "I have drawn my home in Hama; our home is empty now because all of us are here, but I still miss everything that we left behind back there."