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NBA Player Pau Gasol Reaches Syrian Children in Domiz Refugee Camp

(0) Comments | Posted 5 August 2013 | (00:00)

Tolin, 12, might not have known who NBA player Pau Gasol was before last week, but she has been playing basketball nearly everyday this summer at Domiz refugee camp, where she now lives in northern Iraq.

Gasol, who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers, and is a Unicef Spain...

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Imagine Having to Tell Your Kids Christmas Is Cancelled: Ramadan in a Refugee Camp

(4) Comments | Posted 23 July 2013 | (07:49)

Hesham is 12 and has missed Eid al-Fitr for the past three years. Eid al-Fitr is the major Islamic celebration that comes after Ramadan, and is basically the equivalent of Christmas for Christians.

Ramadan began on 10 July this year. The holy month of fasting is usually accompanied by evenings...

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Out of the Refugee Camp, But Out of School Too

(0) Comments | Posted 25 June 2013 | (15:25)

Hadija, 12, and her younger siblings are fast becoming part of Syria's lost generation. Hadija has been out of school for over a year and has forgotten how to read.

When I asked her if she could read, she said yes. But when she looked at the words on the...

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Carrying a Baby Across the Border From Syria to Iraq

(0) Comments | Posted 5 June 2013 | (00:00)

I recently met a 19-year-old mother as she arrived at the border in northern Iraq, after fleeing Syria. Nawroz came by foot, in the rain, with her four-month old daughter in her arms. She told me about the bombing in Damascus, and how afraid she had been.

For me...

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A Mother's Concern for Her Children in Domiz Refugee Camp for Syrians

(0) Comments | Posted 21 May 2013 | (11:38)

Last week we had the first UNICEF National Committee ("NatCom" in UNICEF speak) visit to Iraq in over 10 years. They came to see Domiz refugee camp and gather materials for their fundraising efforts - professional photos, video footage, interviews.

Refugee children - and some programme staff - who...

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Falafel Stands and Beauty Salons: Creating Glimpses of a Normal Life in the Domiz Refugee Camp

(0) Comments | Posted 21 May 2013 | (11:34)

"I don't like it so much here," 10-year-old Ahin told me at Domiz camp the other day. Her house in Damascus was big, and had a kitchen and a bathroom, she said. Now she lives in a tent with her parents and two little brothers. This week her uncle and...

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"We Wish Stability Would Return to Syria So We Could Go Back Home"

(0) Comments | Posted 21 May 2013 | (11:29)

In the year since Domiz refugee camp opened, it has grown to the size of a small city. 40,000 people live here; nearly 40 times the population of the country town Yea, where I grew up in Australia.

Children are everywhere - peering out of tents, giggling and following me...

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