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Crush War with Joy | Marya Zarif | TEDxMontrealWomen

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Published on Jan 26, 2017

An estimated 5.5 million Syrian children are deeply affected by the war. Many have not been to school for several years. They live in extremely harsh conditions, and they have to face major trauma. But thanks to the amazing appetite for life of children, to the power of their imagination and their capacity to change the rules of life with playing, there is hope. For to play, is to take part in living.

Born in Aleppo, Marya was raised in Syria. As a concept artist and writer, Marya imagines and creates ludic narrative experiences and specializes in numeric games for children.
In 2013 she co-created La Maison de la Syrie, to pay homage to the syrian culture she loves and cherishes and wishes to see thrive. For her, La Maison de la Syrie is the kind of space that needs to be nurtured, even in times of great crises, so that Syrians can make sense of everything that is going on with their country. She believes in a multiple, warm, inclusive, colourful and soft Syrian culture: a vision that keeps inspiring her through her work as the creative director of this organism.
In 2015, she has founded « Je veux jouer » (let me play !) a foundation with the ambition to transform the life of refugee syrian children through the conception and the construction of play spaces in refugee camps.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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