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Children on the move

Some stories were never meant for children



Unfairy Tales

While animated films often convey stories of fun and entertainment, they can also give life to challenging experiences. The realities of conflict, climate change and poverty are the daily experiences of many children and animation can be an expression of those stories.

UNICEF’s “Unfairy Tales” animated series is meant to bring attention to the youngest victims of the Syrian refugee crisis. The videos chronicle real children’s journeys from Syria by juxtaposing stunning animation with raw narrations of the terrible events wrought by the crisis. These stories help us to recognize the harrowing journeys that these children have been through and hope to encourage a sense of acceptance and assistance from those whose paths they cross.

• Malak and the Boat tells seven-year-old Malak’s harrowing story of his journey across the Mediterranean seeking shelter from the Syrian conflict.

• A second film, Ivine and Pillow, tells of Ivine, a 14-year old girl in Syria who lives through bombings that kill family members while she manages to escape to Europe. 

• Finally the third of the series, Mustafa Goes for a Walk, takes viewers along Mustafa’s journey as he escapes Syria in fear of being killed, leaving his friends behind. Even his toys, that give him some semblance of home, do not make it along with him.




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