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When there were planes in the sky, we didn't go to school

Sondos is 8 years old and comes from a besieged area in the suburbs of Damascus. In 2016, she and her family were the victims of bombing. Still traumatised by what she has been though, she now lives as a refugee in Lebanon where she receives psychological support from Handicap International.

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Refugee with her parents in Lebanon, Sondos is accompanied by a team of Handicap International in the framework of psychosocial support sessions. | © P.Poulpiquet/Handicap International

In a small apartment in a Lebanese village, four little girls are squatted down on a rug. They are playing with playdough, chatting away happily to two members of Handicap International's team. At first glance, there is no sign that Sondos and her sisters are any different from any other children of the same age. The 8-year old is modelling a house. Christelle, a psychologist, explains, "Although it looks like they're just playing, it's actually much more than that. It allows the girls to symbolically rebuild everything they have lost and to talk to us about what has happened to them."

In a small apartment in a Lebanese village, four little girls are squatted down on a rug. They are playing with playdough, chatting away happily to two members of Handicap International's team. At first glance, there is no sign that Sondos and her sisters are any different from any other children of the same age. The 8-year old is modelling a house. Christelle, a psychologist, explains, "Although it looks like they're just playing, it's actually much more than that. It allows the girls to symbolically rebuild everything they have lost and to talk to us about what has happened to them."

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