UNICEF Checks Back in on the 'Unfairy Tales' Refugee Children in New Films

Latest PSAs Show Malak and Mustafa in Their New Lives in Germany

Published On
Dec 27, 2016

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UNICEF has followed up last year's award-winning "Unfairy Tales" animated films, which told the stories of refugee children fleeing from Syria, with two new films catching up with some of their real-life protagonists.

The original campaign, which won the Cannes Grand Prix for Good in 2015, included the tales of Malak, who was the only survivor of a harrowing boat crossing, and Mustafa, who made a long painful walk to freedom. In the new films, by 180 LA, we catch up with Malak and Mustafa (seen here) in their new lives in Germany. While the films show them safe and relatively happy, they make it clear that the adjustment has not been easy for the two children; Malak still misses her friends and toys in Syria, while Mustafa describes how has had to explain to the German children in his school why he has come to their country.

The films will launch on UNICEF's social channels, including Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat, forming part of UNICEF's #actofhumanity global initiative encouraging people to show acts of humanity towards refugees and migrant children and young people.

"Many people were touched by these films and wanted to know what happened to the children featured in the campaign," said Eduardo Marques, executive creative director at 180 LA in a statement: "We're happy to share they've found new homes in Germany, but we all need to be reminded that these kids need to be welcomed into their new community and no act of kindness is too small."