Aid & Development

UNICEF Uses Music To Provide Psychological Support To Syrian Refugees

Syria

UNICEF have launched an initiative that uses music to help Syrian refugees in Jordan to recover from the trauma caused by war.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is continuing to implement a campaign called “My Music”, which involves a form of psychotherapy, using music to heal the psychological trauma of war and displacement experienced by children at the Azraq refugee camp in Jordan.

The program, supported by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), was launched more than a year ago by UNICEF Ambassador, musician, and composer Zaid Derani. Zaid began to train children to play, sing and reveal their talents, before launching “My Music”, in an effort to relieve them of the pain and cruelty of asylum through music therapy. This is the first program to treat Syrian refugees in shelters.

I listen to the music and I love it because it comforts me psychologically. When my father brought his musical keyboards, I asked him to teach me how to play it. Today I sang with Zaid.”, said a young boy living in the camp.

The issue of the psychological impact on children of the wars in Syria and Iraq over the past few years has been a centre of focus for civil society groups and humanitarian organisations. For instance, organisations such as Tufoolati in Qamishli and Qabas in Idlib have provided psychological support to children through psychological counseling and activities, fostering a safe environment for children to build trust and friendships.

The Azraq refugee camp in Jordan was established by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Government of Jordan. It was opened in April 2014 and has since accommodated dozens of thousands of Syrian refugees. It is one of the largest camps taking in Syria refugees, along with Zaatari camp.

Jordan has been reluctant to take in more Syrian refugees upon the closure of its border. There have been negotiations between the Jordanian and Syrian governments on the return of Syrian refugees.

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