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‘Remembering how to be children’: Young Rohingya overcome trauma

Child-friendly spaces offer Rohingya children counselling and life skills training, in respite from their dark reality.

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There are currently 150 child-friendly spaces supporting 145,000 children in the camps, according to UNICEF [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

Kutupalong, Bangladesh – Over plastic sheets and woven straw mats on the ground, dozens of children sit clustered together in groups, chatting animatedly.

A group of them is hunched over carrom boards. Others are rolling dices counting their turns over games such as Snakes and Ladders or Ludo.

The younger ones are playing with marbles, expertly flicking the tiny glass balls on a board printed with different points. Some are holding copies of Meena and Raju, the popular South Asian children’s books, too young to read the words but old enough to recognise the two main characters and their sidekick, a talking parrot.

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