Healing Trauma through Sport and Play? Debating Universal and Contextual Childhoods during Syrian Displacement in Lebanon

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Auteur
DIANA Chiara, CAPRII Estella
Année
2020
Edition
University of Leicester
Collection
New Middle Eastern Studies
Pages
1-21

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Focusing on the 2011–2014 forced migration of Syrian refugee children into northern Lebanon, this article examines the child protection strategies of two international and one local NGOs (non-governmental organisations) in the Tripoli Governorate. It explores the psychosocial care programmes and play activities that are meant to heal and integrate the refugee children. It shows how programmes for crisis-affected childhood and the sport-for-development formula predominantly remain universalized models, failing to incorporate local specificities despite increasing campaigns to promote contextualisation approaches.