The Happy Family Clown Group recently fled Iraq after two of its members were senselessly murdered. Unsure of why they were targeted, the three remaining clowns sought exile in Syria, a country that receives 1,000 Iraqis refugees each day.
The Iraqi clowns registered with the United Nation's refugee agency (UNHCR). They now are making the most of their exile, working with the UNHCR and performing their show "A Child Is as Scared as a Country" for refugee children.
The UN estimates that 4.2 million Iraqis have left their homes. Approximately 1 million live a difficult life in Syria, where they cannot work legally. Many would love to return to Iraq, but like the Happy Family Clown Group, they fear for their safety and their lives. For some comprehensive information on the refugee situation in Iraq, check out the UNHCR's Iraq refugee site. You know the violence is bad when clowns are the targets.