Syrian refugee children perform for ‘victory’ in play

Starring 21 children, “We Emerged to Light” play was directed by Syrian actor Jalal al-Taweel. (Al Arabiya)

Syrian refugee children living in Jordan this week performed a silent play entitled “We Emerged to Light,” which tells the tale of the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Starring 21 children, the play was directed by Syrian actor Jalal al-Taweel.

The production uses the “shadow technique” as a form of creative expression.

“We used our bodies to express and communicate. This was hard for children to understand, but once they started hearing the music accompanying the scene they started to decipher who the monster was for instance,” Taweel told Al Arabiya News Channel.

“We made this play so we can show the oppressor [that we can be] victorious,” one of the children who participated in the play, Omar al-Homsi, added.

Revenues will go to orphaned Syrian refugees, according to organizers.

“On the opening day, we were able to sponsor dozens of orphans,” Atif Nanoo, the head of communications for the venture, said.

Jordan plays host to around 584,600 refugees from the war-stricken country. The country’s Zaatari refugee camp is home to an ever growing number of those refugees.

“Hopefully on Mother’s Day, we will honor the mothers of the martyrs,” Nanoo added, saying the proceeds will also go to Syrian mothers.

In the Middle East, Mother’s Day is celebrated on Friday.

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