Sesame Street creates Rohingya muppets for refugee children

The US children’s show Sesame Street created two new muppets to help deliver early years education to Rohingya children living in the world’s largest refugee camp.

Noor and Aziz are six-year-old twins who will feature in a series of educational videos for children living in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar.

Since 2017, over 700,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled a brutal army crackdown in neighboring Myanmar. Half of those in the camp are children.

Aid agencies warned of an increase in child marriage and trafficking in the refugee camp since the pandemic forced important services to be scaled back.

Noor and Aziz, along with other Sesame Street characters such as Elmo, will feature in educational videos covering subjects such as math and science as well as social and emotional wellbeing.

Other muppets that have been created to help children understand issues affecting their world include one with autism, one living with HIV and another that is homeless.


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