AP PHOTOS: Play eases trauma for Gaza children

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Volunteer Nisreen Shawa, 25, centre, leads a play session with displaced Palestinian children at a U.N. school where they had sought refuge along with their families during the war, in Gaza City, Gaza Strip, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. Taking advantage of the continuing ceasefire, volunteers from the local non-profit NGO 'Tomooh' (Ambition), arranged a special play session for children to try and lessen the stress they've been enduring after the weeks of conflict. In the playground the children got a chance to sing and play group games under the caring eye of volunteers. They hope that their efforts will lessen the damage of the traumatic recent weeks events, or at least help them forget for a short while. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's fragile ceasefire is allowing children to play, and overcome some of the trauma of four weeks of war.

Volunteers arranged a special therapy session Thursday on the playground of the Al Renal Preparatory School for Boys in Gaza City. They sang with the children, organized games and listened to their stories.

"The war has left them in a shock. We want to take that away, ease their shock. We want to bring back hope to their hearts," said one of the volunteers, 25-year-old Nisreen Shawa.

So far the volunteers have visited 10 schools, where many children and their families took shelter during the bombardment.

Here's a collection of images of the children at play.


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