'Sesame Street' Introduces New Muppets to Comfort Children Displaced by Syrian War

January 24, 2020

“Sesame Street” is on a mission to help those in need.

The popular children’s show is introducing new Muppet friends in support of children who have been affected by conflicts in the Middle East, reports Good Morning America.

Sesame Workshop, the non-profit organization behind "Sesame Street," is introducing the characters in a newly launched Arabic television program called “Ahlan Simsim” or “Welcome Sesame.”

"Ahlan Simsim's premiere season will help millions of children across the region learn how to identify and manage big feelings—skills that form a crucial developmental foundation for young children, especially those who have experienced the trauma of war and displacement," Sherrie Westin, president of social impact and philanthropy at Sesame Workshop said.

"By harnessing the proven power of the Sesame Muppets, culturally relevant storylines and learning through play, Ahlan Simsim will teach children the emotional ABCs they need to overcome challenges and thrive."

Basma, who is around 6 years old, is adventurous and loves to sing and dance. Her favorite phrase is "Yalla!" which means "Let's go!" in Arabic. Jad is new to the neighborhood and she is also 6 years old and loves to paint.

Familiar friends like Cookie Monster, Grover and Elmo will appear on the new show.

In the past, the show has introduced characters to help more families relate to the children's show. Between autism, homelessness, divorce and incarceration, "Sesame Street" isn't afraid to tackle tough and divisive issues.

In May, 6-year-old Karli was introduced to the show. She was the first “Sesame Street” character to grapple with being in foster care.

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