Child-Friendly Spaces for Refugee Children – Porin
Children are the most vulnerable in emergencies. Child-Friendly Spaces are safe places within a disaster-affected community where children’s unique needs can be met.
Child-Friendly Spaces offer children a safe place to play. For children that lived through trauma, play can help them to bounce back and return to a normal routine by offering structured activities, games and informal education.
To support children on the move temporarily placed at the Reception Center Porin, Zagreb, UNICEF supported these activities.
Meet Negar, Melina and their friends.
The refugee and migrant crisis that has shaken Europe has affected a large number of children. Many of them have witnessed the horrors of war, which will leave an indelible mark on them as they grow up. UNICEF, together with its partners, has been active since the first day of the crisis in providing support to mothers and children.
Husen Muhamad Khaled is 6. While his father was at work, he went out to the street in Idliba, Syria to buy some bread and the bomb hit the street he was taking. Husen had lost his leg. He came to the refugee reception center in Opatovac, Croatia from Syria, after an arduous one week on the road and sea with his family: mother, father, 2 brothers and 2 sisters.