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Finding joy on the playground

Jordan, Syria, April 11, 2013

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    Sumaya Agha/Mercy Corps  </span>
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King Abdullah Park (KAP) was initially meant to be a transit center for Syrian refugees arriving in Ramtha, Jordan, less than 10 miles from the border. But due to the demand for space, now about 1,000 refugees permanently live here. On occasion, they still hear bombings from across the border.

I recently spent a day at KAP and visited the playground that Mercy Corps built. Like at the sprawling Zaatari refugee camp — where we manage five playgrounds — over half the population is children. As these images show, the youngsters' resilient spirit comes alive at this safe and happy place to play.

READ MORE: A child's refuge from war