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Magic Feather is a dream come true

© UNICEF-oPt/2005

By Mariam Al-Tell

NABLUS, 18 November 2005 - For eleven-year-old Masa, the Magic Feather theatrical play is a dream come true.

The play was an opportunity for Masa and kids her age to spend less time indoors.

The Magic Feather play is about helping each other in times of distress.  As part of the children’s psychosocial outreach project, the play equips kids with needed skills to better cope with their own distress and that of their siblings and friends.

Seated next to her mother Sahera, the young girl says: “It has been ages since I have been out of the house.  Most of the time I spend my time at home, taking care of my younger sisters.”

Masa is the eldest in her family, and has three younger sisters and one brother. 

“The play is very interesting, I learnt many issues” said Masa. “I learnt that I should always help others exactly like Zahra.”

Zahra is the main bird character in the play that helps all other birds and finally lets them lose, out of their cage.  With excitement and pride in her voice Masa promised that she will always help other children who need help.  

Sahera is among the many caregivers, teachers and children who participated in the Magic Feather theatrical play. “It’s an excellent technique in showing us how to protect our children.

Added Masa:  “It is also a very good opportunity for children to interact with their parents.”

More than 100 caregivers, teachers and children participated in the theatrical play - part of a Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) project supported by UNICEF and sponsored by European Commission Humanitarian Office (ECHO) and the Austrian Development Agency.

These activities aim at equipping caregivers with needed skills on how to provide increased protection to their children and how to deal with their own stress. Caregivers in both the West Bank and Gaza attend a series of sessions on topics such as child development, causes of distress, and child abuse and communication skills within the family.

 

 
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