Vaccinated with laughter: How clowns are bringing smiles and more to Lesbos refugees

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Vaccinated with laughter: How clowns are bringing smiles and more to Lesbos refugees

Author: Taylor Heyman | thenational.ae | 15 January 2019

Clowns from Red Noses International assisted MSF in vaccinating over 1000 children in Lesbos. Courtesy Red Noses International

A group of clowns are making a difference to children in refugee camps across Europe and the Middle East.

Red Noses International, founded in 1994, has sent its clown emissaries to brighten the day of refugees in Jordan, Ukraine, the Balkans and now Greece, where most refugees who have travelled across the Mediterranean sea first land in Europe.

It’s all part of the Emergency Smile programme, an expansion of RNI’s traditional work entertaining children in European hospitals to refugee camps.

Its latest mission to the Greek Island of Lesbos was sparked by a devastating report from aid charity Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) in August, which claimed children as young as 10 were at risk of suicide due to the conditions in the island’s Moria camp. Read more>>>