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The numbers of Syrian refugees needing Mercy Corps' help grows daily. This international aid organization continues to focus on the basics for now: clean water, food, and shelter. But they also were able to recently bring some new toys and a little joy to children living in the camp.
Working with the Seattle-based Salaam Cultural Museum and the American toy manufacturer Hasbro, Mercy Corps was able to distribute 11,000 toys and games last month to Syrian refugee children living in host communities and Zaatari refugee camp.
"Our lives have completely changed, for the adults and for the children," said Khaled Al-Ali as reported on Mercy Corps' blog. "But it's much harder on the children. They just don't understand what's happened."
Mercy Corps brought toys for his six children as well as mattresses and blankets. The entire family is living in an one-room shelter.
Currently, Mercy Corps is currently meeting the needs of nearly two million refugees. Recent estimates from the United Nations suggest that there will be over three million Syrian refugees by year's end, making this the worst exodus since the Rwandan genocide 20 years ago.
Learn how Mercy Corps is helping refugees and host community members in Jordan and Lebanon cope:
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