'Clowns Without Borders' working with Syrian refugees in Lebanon

By REUTERS
June 3, 2014 08:38






Clowns Without Borders is an international non-profit organization that uses laughter to relieve suffering among children in refugee camps, conflict zones and natural disaster areas.



On Monday, Clay dressed up in his navy blue suit, crooked black hat and a polka dot tie to entertain 200 Syrian refugee children who are now living in neighboring Lebanon.



The tiny Mediterranean country hosts one million refugees, who have fled cluster bombs, chemical weapons and al-Qaeda militants in a war that has killed more than 160,000 in three years. Lebanon has not allowed official refugee camps, so many families live in unfinished buildings and wooden shacks.

One million Syrian refugee children live in the region, millions are trapped by conflict inside Syria and public health researchers and aid workers say they are displaying symptoms of psychological trauma. Aid group Save the Children says one in three children it surveyed last year had seen a close friend or relative killed.

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