Lamiya, 13, Iraq.
After years of war, Lamiya and her family fled their hometown with the hundreds of thousands of Yazidi people whose homes and villages have been destroyed, they now live in a refugee camp in northern Iraq.
Lamiya tells us about how she is healing from her past, and how the War Child programmes are helping her do so.
“We learn about identity; like who am I? Who are we? And about feelings. The feelings I have towards my friends.
Previously we didn’t know how to make good friendships. We didn’t know how to strengthen our relationships. Our friendships are stronger now, after attending the programme.”
Having lived in the camp for over 4 years, naturally she is homesick.
“I want us to return to our villages and for our homes to be rebuilt,” she states.
“I want for us to start going to school there. And to be together with our people. I wish that they would rebuild our homes.”
She also shared her hopes and aspirations for the future.
“I want to have a peaceful future. A future without any problems. I would like to be a lawyer. I want to help my people and to sort out their problems.”
Hayat Hassan, 18, Yemen
Although Hayat is 18 years old, she has never attended a school. She lives in an IDP camp after it became too dangerous for her family to stay at their home in Al Hudayah.
With War Child’s support, her family were able to buy two sheep and the tools they needed. She hopes that by taking care of the sheep she will be able to raise a herd, and the sheep will help to support her family.