Lebanon: Refugee volunteer brings hope to his community

Lebanon: Refugee volunteer brings hope to his community

Jassem, a Syrian refugee living in Lebanon, has created a puppet show to teach young refugee children about a homeland that most of them have no memory of.

The 28-year-old former physical education teacher came to Lebanon as a refugee in 2011 having fled insecurity in Raqqa, settling first in the capital Beirut before moving to Nakhle village in the northern district of Koura. He said he and fellow refugees began putting on the puppet shows when they realized how little Syrian children in Lebanon knew about their own country.

"Many Syrian children were born or raised away from home. All they know about Syria is war and bloodshed." Jassem explained. "You feel like they don't have a sense of belonging to Syria, but those children are the future of the country – how will they rebuild if they know nothing about it?"