Rivers of Imagination
These girls met each other here in the camp and make their own playground and own rules. The only reason they met was because of the war. Their families fled Syria and tried to find safety here in the camp. Their childhood was brutally taken away from them and had to deal with adult things they should never have to deal with.
In a very short time they became the best friends. Doing what all friends do and playing the same games we played when we grew up such as ‘playing house’. Which is bitter sweet. Remember when we played ‘house’? Pretending to have it all together living in our fantasy mansions and in that fantasy we had our pet cat or dog play the fancy horse and we truly believed we had the fanciest car out there. The reality was just not that far off. Most of us did in fact have a house, a pet and there was a car in the garage. Oh the imagination. Running wild like a river.
These two girls play the same game and also use whatever is laying around to play pretend. However there are no pots and pans in the camp and no such thing as extra items laying around. There is (plastic) waste and rubble to play with. No home or pretty backyard to play it in. So a broken table will do. But from looking at them they are in their own pretend world now. Their river of imagination having to run a lot wilder and faster than ours ever needed to. But theirs runs strong. And they can’t be bothered by anyone.
No child should have to play with (plastic) waste and rubble. All children deserve a safe childhood where the only adventures they have are the ones they choose to go on. That’s why we (Bring Hope) often have toy distributions in the different camps. We try to make sure all children have a toy. A toy they can call their own. A toy to share with their friends. A toy to play with. Because being able to play safely is not only fun but will also help with social skills, development of the brain and help with processing of trauma. We will keep going on with these distributions for as long as needed.