This Is What Happens When Refugee Children Draw Their Dreams

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There are over 60 million displaced people around the world. Half of those are children.

According to the UN Refugee Agency, more people have been driven from their homes since UNHCR records began. At a rate of more than four times since the previous decade, 24 people were forced to flee for every minute in 2015.

The horrors of being a refugee are unimaginable, especially for children. To distract these young kids from the trauma of living through the ravages of war and conflict, André Naddeo, an independent journalist, spent 45 days at a refugee camp in Greece to offer a glimmer of hope through an art project.

(André Naddeo) CREDIT: boredpanda

As a part of the Drawfugees Project, which aims to discover the thoughts inside a refugee child's mind, Naddeo asked children at a camp in Piraeus what they wanted to be when they grow up. They put crayon to paper, and began expressing their hopes.

Naddeo talks about his project:

This new initiative forms part of the core mission of the Drawfugees project giving children a voice. It is children who are suffering the most from war and human rights abuses.

While all these children's aspirations becoming a reality is unlikely, Naddeo maintains that the optimistic project is one of hope, instead of focusing on the tragedies of their past.

Meet some of these adorable children as they explain to you their works of art. Get ready for your heartstrings to be tugged.

1/12 Mohamed Al Kadad, 8, Syria

This is my house, my children playing while I am coming back from work with my suitcase. I want to be a doctor when I grow up. Merry Christmas everyone!

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2/12 Arsyan siloo, 9, Iraq

I want to be a football player because of Cristiano Ronaldo – me and my father love to watch him playing for Real Madrid , it’s so inspiring.

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3/12 Reem, 6, Syria

I want to be a pediatrician because my dream is to take care of children just like me. Did you like my drawing?

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