The right to play, the right to forget for a moment, the right to be child again... the right to smile!

  • Lenneke Broekhof
Keywords: refugees, IDPs, children and youngsters, recreational activity, human development


Recreational activities, free and organised play are necessary in the life of a child. The final aim of this paper is to analyse the needs for and benefits of recreational activities for refugee and internally displaced children and youngsters living in refugee or IDP camps, as well as the efforts made by the international community encouraging and organising these activities. I treat a very different amount of activities, from clowning to more serious competitive sports games that constitute fundamental component of the human development of children.

Published online: 11 December 2017


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Author Biography

Lenneke Broekhof
Master in International Humanitarian Aid.
How to Cite
Broekhof, Lenneke. 2017. “The Right to Play, the Right to Forget for a Moment, the Right to Be Child again. The Right to Smile!”. Deusto Journal of Human Rights, no. 1 (December), 133-52.