Imagine having to leave your home with nothing more than you can fit into a duffel bag. After putting your life and your family members’ lives on the line as you attempt to navigate the violent lands in between war and peace, you finally manage to find escape from your country, only to find yourself trapped in a refugee camp in the middle of the desert with 150,000 of your countrymen.
Zaatari refugee camp is only 8 kilometers away from the Syrian-Jordanian border (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
With circumstances like this, you would be hard-pressed to find anybody who was content with their situation. Luckily, we found these kids:
It’s hard to find cuter kids than Syrian kids. Many of them have stunning blue eyes, sandy hair, and gorgeous smiles, like this child. The beautiful thing about children is that they still have a innocent belief in the inherent goodness of the world. It was an honor and a privilege to encourage these children to continue clinging to hope and looking to higher ideals beyond their circumstances.
These were some of the happiest and saddest moments of the entire trip so far. Driving through the endless rows of tents, past the men with suspicious, sad eyes, gave me a heaviness of heart I haven’t experience before. And arriving at the make-shift kindergarten with its tents and mattresses added to that feeling. But once we started playing music, making them dance, sharing laughs, the creation of these newly formed relationships made the joy all the more sweeter.
Please keep Zaatari and Syria and her children in your prayers. While people have the capacity to cause each other great sorrow, they also have the potential to uplift each other; let’s make sorrow a thing of the past and celebrate joy and peace like children once again.