Wearing a Minnie Mouse T-shirt and bows in her hair, 9-year-old Syrian refugee Nour Khaled Al Sa’eed recited a poem at the Zaatari refugee camp in northern Jordan.
In the poem, written by her teacher, Nour talks about turning on the television and seeing kids her own age searching for bread in the sand to eat. Filmmaker Keely Kernan captured her performing the powerful and poignant original poem in May 2016.
Below is an excerpt:
I am a little girl
My dream was to fly like a bird
But one day, reality, not a dream, nor an illusion
I was watching cartoons
I changed the channel,
suddenly suddenly, suddenly
I saw the news
I saw children like me
With defeated tears
Looking for a piece of bread in the sand
The houses around them abandoned
I started to cry
And ran calling for my mother
Come see this image
Why is my dream of a bird
And their dream is of bread buried in the sand …
Back in September, Jordan took additional steps to allow more Syrian refugee children access to education even if all their paperwork is not in order. It is unclear if Nour remains in the camp.
Watch the full video above.