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Cricket helping young hurricane evacuees “Return to Happiness”

Cricket helping young hurricane evacuees “Return to Happiness”


Cricket is helping Caribbean children to forget the horrors of Hurricane Irma.

The Category 5 storm, which hit in early September, decimated the tiny island of Barbuda, forcing families to seek shelter on the sister island of Antigua.

There, the Ministry of Education and the West Indies Cricket Board recently organized a match bringing together children from both sides.

Muriel Mafico is with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which runs a psycho-social support programme for the young evacuees called Return to Happiness.

She told Elizabeth Philip how the bat-and-ball game—popular in many English-speaking Caribbean countries—is helping to heal young lives.

Duration: 2’37”

Photo Credit
Muriel Mafico (in blue top) distributing UNICEF educational and recreational supplies to children at a shelter for hurricane evacuees in Antigua. © UNICEF/UN0121369/Moreno Gonzalez