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Children trick-or-treating with UNICEF USA boxes.
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The beloved tradition of trick-or-treating on Halloween began in the United States in the 1920s, and has gained in popularity ever since. In 1947, Clyde Allison, who was a Presbyterian pastor in Pennsylvania, and his wife Mary Emma Allison, a teacher, came up with the idea to ask children to trick-or-treat for charity.

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Refugees' Education in Jordan
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For children displaced by conflict, the world can be a frightening place and "home" a concept filled with longing and uncertainty.

In 2014, a 12-year-old girl named Bodoor and her family were forced out of their home by political violence in Syria. "My life in Syria was normal. I went to school every day," Bodoor, now 18, recalls. "It was beautiful because it was quiet — there was no fear. Then the war happened."

With Syria's infrastructure crumbling and their children's safety in doubt, her parents made the difficult decision to leave their country behind. They traveled to Jordan, and home became a dirt-floored shelter with no water or electricity in the newly-opened Azraq Refugee Camp.

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