Outstanding kids: the exceptional kids of Aleppo.
Aleppo, Syria. Project closed in 2017.
Eastern Aleppo was the symbolic city of the terrible war in Syria. Besieged for four years, the target of daily bombings and raids: 300 thousand of displaced people, 40 thousand dead, mostly women and children. A gigantic humanitarian tragedy.
In this situation Asmar, a 28-year-old man who had lost part of his family, began to take care of abandoned children, taking them to safety in an underground bomb-proof shelter. In this way, the “Moumayazoun orphanage” (“Moumayazoun” in Arabic means “exceptional children”), was born, funded by the Afkar foundation.
In the last months of the Aleppo siege, there was no longer any food or medicine. Despite the efforts of the staff, the children of the Moumayazoun were exhausted. The video recorded in the orphanage went around the world.
Finally, after difficult negotiations, the civilians of Eastern Aleppo have been evacuated. Among them, the 47 children and the staff of Moumayazoun, who arrived in the province of Idlib, and then to the Turkish border. There, the children have gradually been resuming attending school, playing sports and other activities that help them overcome the traumas they suffered.
Nove Onlus has followed the events of the orphanage since December 2016. In February 2017, Nove donated a bus to Moumayazoun, which is necessary for educational activities and to move children quickly in case of danger. Nove continued to monitor the situation until UNICEF intervened, opening a “child protection centre” inside the Moumayazoun building, to welcome additional orphans and unaccompanied minors from the area surrounding Raqqa, a former Isis stronghold.
Operative Partners: Afkar Foundation.