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Safe spaces

Amid the tragedy, refugee kids laugh again

The International Rescue Committee has set up several safe healing and learning spaces in Greece where refugee children and youth can recover from trauma and build new friendships. Read more about our safe spaces.

Information and Content Officer, International Rescue Committee
  • The IRC-run safe space in Alexandria, funded by EU humanitarian aid, welcomes more than hundred children and youth aged between 3-17 years old every day. The site is just one of three set up by the IRC in Greece. 

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  • During the Eid festival last month, IRC staff members organized a fun-filled game day including a sack race and face painting. 

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  • Younger children play a game of tug of war. 

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  • Children create murals with their friends. The IRC's Deborah Nicol said: “Women and children are amongst the most vulnerable in this crisis, and their protection is at the heart of the IRC’s response. Activities like this are important as they help children just be children once again.”

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  • Three-year-old Mohamed Ali dances during the Eid event.

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  • “My favorite was the sack race,” says nine-year-old Zakariah, sporting a painted moustache. Zakariah lost two of his older brothers to the war in Syria. His other brother, Mohamed-Nour who volunteers with the IRC at the safe space says: “I wanted to let the children be happy and enjoy themselves."

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  • Mohamed-Nour, pictured in the back, is one of nine IRC volunteers at the safe space in Alexandria. 

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  • The IRC has also set up five space spaces for women in Greece where they can seek additional support and counseling. 

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