ADIYAMAN REFUGEE CAMP, TURKEY (TRNS) – At the Adiyaman Refugee Camp in Turkey, Dr. Ayman A. Abulaban, who heads UNICEF in Turkey, kicked off the “Back to School Shoes Project” that will provide about 80,000 shoes to Syrian refugee children aged between 5 and 18.
Abulaban said he’s “always impressed with the resilience of the children.”
“They still laugh. They still play. This is what is nice about childhood. I say this now and I become a bit emotional about this. I think all of them they want to go back home,” he said.
“Unfortunately,” the UNICEF official continued, “some of those children they say, ‘I want to go and become a soldier and I want to go and fight.’ For me, I don’t like to hear this because children should not think about fighting. But I can understand why they are saying this and where they are coming from.”
Watch to learn more about life for Syrian children in the refugee camps:
As the United States prepares to strike targets inside Syria, the people of Syria—some actively fleeing violence, others resigned to fighting—view western intervention warily, as just another episode in a conflict that has dragged on for over two years and displaced millions.
Reporter Zack Baddorf went to an Internally Displaced Persons camp in Syria to speak to ordinary Syrians about their response to the attack and what they want the international community to do.
He files this report.