Children in search of safety
Time and space to be a child
Both mother and daughter finally eased up – Jasamin started to colour and draw, while Zaharon, confident that her daughter was in a safe place, went to take over feeding Mohamed. Soon Jasamin took to the space and did not want to leave. Her father had to come to the tent several times before he could finally convince her that it was time to go. Eventually, she left with a smile and the ball, to wait with her family for the bus.
In the short time I spent with Jasamin, she reminded me that the refugee and migrant crisis in Europe is a crisis for children. She also reminded me that when it comes to children on the move, even they themselves need to be reminded that they are children first.
Suzie Pappas-Capovska is Unicef Representative in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.