Mustafa Goes for a Walk — One Syrian Child's Journey

April 1, 2016

UNICEF's powerful new video, "Mustafa Goes for a Walk," animates the true story of Mustafa, 13, who flees Syria with his family, but must leave his beloved toys behind.


After bombing and armed conflict in his home town — and the chance his brothers might be targeted by warring factions — Mustafa is scared. "I keep thinking about what is happening to us. Are we going to die? God forbid!"


UNICEF launched "Mustafa Goes for a Walk" as the third of three animated shorts in a series called Unfairy Tales. Based on true stories of children escaping conflict, the videos explain why they fled and what happened on the way.


UNICEF hopes its Unfairy Tales series will remind everyone that — before they are migrants, refugees or members of any race, nationality or religion — children are children.  


Every child has rights and deserves a fair chance.  That's why we must all put children first.


”The stories of the three children are not unusual. At least 65 million children and young people globally are on the move — escaping conflict, poverty and extreme weather — looking for a more stable life and a place to call home,” said UNICEF's Head of Communication Paloma Escudero.


Watch the first two videos in the Unfairy Tales series: "Malak and the Boat" and "Ivine and Pillow."


Watch other short videos of child refugees telling their stories: 


Sahar's story

Besan’s story

Moheb's story

Ammar’s story

Saja’s story

Maya’s story



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