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It is two in the afternoon and the sun is beating down hard on a group of Rohingya boys playing soccer in the dirt yard of the Child Friendly Space (CFS) at the Balukhali Refugee Camp in Cox’s Bazar Bangladesh.
Beside the yard, in a classroom-like structure made from bamboo and tarp, younger children sit on woven straw mats, chattering and laughing as they play carom, stack building blocks, draw, colour or sing popular English nursery rhymes under the supervision of social workers. “A year ago, you wouldn’t have heard any laughter from these children or seen smiles on their faces,” says Unicef social worker Jannatul Ruma, who oversees the children at the CFS. “They used to be very quiet. They wouldn’t talk to each other or even play. Their drawings were of violent images … houses on fire, soldiers firing bullets and people being killed. These were images that they’d witnessed in Myanmar.
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