Elmo: refugee children are just like us

Sesame Street's Elmo says refugee kids are just like kids everywhere.

"They like to play and learn just like Elmo and all his friends at Sesame street" he said during a Facebook Live interview with CNN.

The 3 1/2-year-old Sesame street character visited a refugee camp in Jordan back in February, and described the trip as "really wonderful because Elmo got to meet a lot of new friends."

"Elmo thinks it's important to know that everybody is the same deep down and that's very important."

Elmo also noted some of the differences between kids here and there. "It was really sad because Elmo's new friends told Elmo that they had to leave their homes because it wasn't safe for them to stay," he said. "And that made Elmo really sad and sometimes a bit scared."

"It's really important to help people when they need help," he added.

Elmo went to Jordan as part of a pilot program with Sesame Workshop and the International Rescue Committee. The two organisations are partnering to provide preschool education along with educational materials to refugee children across the Middle East.

In Britain, JCORE helps kids like the ones visited by Elmo through the JUMP project; through our work campaigning for a fairer asylum system; and through JCORE support projects.

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