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2010.01.01

* UNICEF: Teaching Brazilian martial arts to Palestinian refugees in Iraq.
* 시간: 02 min 46 secs
* 촬영도시: Al-Tanf Refugee Camp
* 촬영국가: Iraq
* 촬영일자: 01 Feb 2010


The closure, in February 2010, of the Al-Tanf refugee camp on the Syrian-Iraqi border ends one of the sorriest chapters in the story of Iraq's post-war refugee community.


Commonly referred to as a no-man's land, this slither of unclaimed border housed as many as 1000 Palestinian refugees who fled sectarian strife in Iraq.


SOUNDBITE: Anas Refugee (Arabic)
"What is there? Nothing, There is not much food. There is almost nothing. It is just desert."


Despite the challenging nature of the camp it was also the scene of various bold initiatives designed to provide entertainment and support for the younger refugees.


SOUNDBITE: Tareq Alsaleh Representative, CapoeiraArab (English)
"UNICEF and Terre Les Hommes had the idea to bring Capoeira there. Because they saw us working already in jails here in Syria. And about the positive impact – and this was just fantastic for this place. Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form what involves acrobatics, art, music, ritualised fighting, and dance. It involves respect for the others, peacefulness. It's a very great tool for integration and social communication in every community."


By introducing Capoeira in weekly sessions the camp residents began to see a marked improvement in the behaviour of younger inhabitants.


SOUNDBITE: Patrizia Giffone Psycho-social Consultant (English)
Through the Capoeira they had the chance to express all their anger and frustration. Children can be very aggressive is situations like this and isolated. So it improved, very much, the health of the children in this sense."


SOUNDBITE: Kuds Refugee (Arabic)
"When they are playing Capoeria, I get happy. I like them, you know. I feel I am really very excellent at Capoeira."


The closing of the Al-Tanf camp is an important step in securing the stability of refugees from the Iraq war. Young refugees from Al-Tanf have been relocated in a number of ways. Some have found homes abroad.