Migrant children get a break at play center
Migrant children get a break at play center Children watch a movie at a refugee camp near the northern Greek village of Idomeni near to southern Macedonia, Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)
Migrant children get a break at play center
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Thousands of refugees are waiting long hours. They are waiting to cross the Greece-Macedonia border. They hope to head to more wealthy northern European countries. The youngest look for something to pass the time while they wait.
 
Charities have set up a children's play center. It is open 24 hours a day. It is in the Idomeni, Greece camp. Children can watch cartoons or draw.  They play while their parents wait for their family's turn to cross the border.
 
"We try to occupy the children. We care for infants. And also identify unaccompanied minors so efforts can begin to reunite them with their families," said Alexis Vrahnos.  She is a local coordinator of the Arsis charity.  It set up the play center along with Save the Children and Terre Des Hommes.
 
The play center is staffed around the clock. They have a psychologist. They have a teacher. They also have two interpreters and a nurse.
 
Alman from Kobani, Syria sits at one table. He is 5-years-old. He sits with his two brothers. He proudly holds up the picture he has been drawing.
 
"It is a child walking on water," he tells a visiting reporter.
 
His father Mahmoud says the family traveled to the Greek island of Lesbos from the nearby Turkish coast.  It is a short but hard trip. Many lives have been lost. Overcrowded dinghies or wooden boats overturn or sink.
 
"We had a difficult journey in the sea until we reached Mytilene," he says. He is talking about the island's capital. "The children were all wearing life jackets.  But what they lived through was terrifying. Thankfully they will quickly forget it."
 
He did not want to give a last name to keep his relatives back home safe.
 
Two sisters from the Syrian city of Hama sit at the next table. They are 4-year-old Sofia and her 3-year-old sister Lilas. They sit with their three cousins. Sofia draws a picture of flowers.
 
"When she sees many people, she gets very scared," said her father Mohamed Kheer. "The boys usually draw guns," he says of his three nephews. "The girls draw houses and flowers."

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Why is it important to provide a diversion for these kids?
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COMMENTS (39)
  • elliew-bel
    11/13/2015 - 02:05 p.m.

    So they will forget the bad times in their life that happened.

  • sarahj-bel
    11/13/2015 - 02:05 p.m.

    So then they will get there mind off of there families.

  • lenaw-sch
    11/18/2015 - 03:57 p.m.

    At least they had something to do!!.:)

  • treveyonh-sch
    11/19/2015 - 04:03 p.m.

    24 hours a day that is to long for me and it would be really boring drawing all day and just waiting for my parents to show up just sitting there just drawing

  • yhl-hsu
    8/01/2016 - 02:15 p.m.

    According to the statistics, there were three hundred seventy thousand migrant children ran to European countries last year.
    There are ninety thousand of them don’t have parents beside them.
    They face terrifying wars during their childhood and they were forced to leave their homeland.
    So those who without parents by their side need special care.
    Charities have set up a children's play center.There are many children placed in there.
    They have psychologists in that place and they use art therapy to make the children express their feeling through painting.
    They can find the real problems in the children’s mind. Perhaps they can healthily grow up.

  • chelseyb-san
    1/31/2017 - 03:13 p.m.

    Because they are shy scared,and tiny. These kids need help a lot like friends and activities. Maybe that's why they built this center.

  • arturov1-san
    1/31/2017 - 03:13 p.m.

    It is important because they can change like bullies and do bad things like probably steal.Also they will have so much that is going on they will get stress and confusion.The kids might even set a bad example for other children.

  • marcob-san
    1/31/2017 - 03:13 p.m.

    So that they don't feel lonely and they can have fun instead of just watching tv and coloring they should get a diversion because they can probably make friends and have fun with playing something like tag.

  • vanessar-san
    1/31/2017 - 03:14 p.m.

    For they don't have to deal and go threw all the things that are happening. For they can also be happier. And don't get hurt or anything like that

  • brittanym-san
    1/31/2017 - 03:14 p.m.

    Its pretty cool that people help kids. That their parents have to cross the border. Well kids can't cross the border with their parents. It can be dangerous lots of kids have but they never came back. Also kids are sensitive and they are all the same.

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