Syrian children write book on experiences in Mayo

Posted in Connect on October 16, 2018.

Children from Syria, who have moved to the west of Ireland, have written a book detailing their experiences and outlining their hopes for the future. The collection of stories and art is being distributed around Co Mayo to mark Social Inclusion Week.  The book, ‘A Strong Heart’, features the stories of sixteen children who have relocated to the county in the last two years.

They are among 120 people who fled Syria and came to Mayo, as part of the UNHCR Refugee Resettlement Programme. The children involved are living in Westport, Claremorris, Castlebar and Ballina. They wrote their stories at a series of workshops earlier this year.

The project – overseen by Mayo County Council and the South West Mayo Development company – resulted in a book which combines the past lives of the children, their thoughts on their new home, and their hopes for the future.

Siofra Kilcullen of Mayo County Council said the initiative highlighted the role children can play in promoting inclusion, as well as serving as a tribute to the local communities that have welcomed Syrian refugees to the area in recent years.


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