Refugee and migrants often face staggering challenges and risks when fleeing contexts of conflict, persecution or poverty. Some of them agreed to share their experience with us, telling us stories of hardship, but also of gratitude and hope for a better future.
Islamabad, 13 November 2017 - Sometimes small gestures of kindness can go a long way towards restoring a shared sense of humanity. For example, gestures like Muhammad’s, a Pakistani boy who inspired people to do more to support refugee children in Islamabad. Refugee children in Pakistan often struggle to access quality education. The public-school system is overstretched and the UN Refugee Agency only funds elementary school programs for children up to 10-11 years.
Islamabad, 26 October 2017 - Dealing with the highs and lows of being a teenager can be a challenge. Much more so when you grow up far away from everything you once called home.Sajia, Farwardeen, and Farhad are three Afghan teenagers* who have something in common besides age and nationality. Together with their mothers and siblings, they all fled domestic violence in their country and found shelter in a safe home in Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital city.
Mafraq, 10 August 2017 - After valiant efforts from all involved, after many free kicks, missed shots and scored goals, more than one hundred Jordanian and Syrian boys stand in line for the pinnacle of the day, the awards ceremony. Medals and trophies for each team, regardless of outcome, mean everyone goes home a winner. ICMC and Right to Play Jordan partnered together to provide a week-long summer camp for youth, which included awareness raising sessions on key issues facing young people.
Mafraq, 17 July 2017 - The sound of cutting paper, squishing paint and dropping pencils accompanies the laughter, singing and clapping of hands that echo through ICMC’s Child Friendly Space. Eleven-year-old Zaid’s voice can be heard above the buzz. “I’m going to give my story to my mum,” he says.