This Christmas, Some Syrian Refugee Women are Spreading Joy by Knitting Children's Toys

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Knitstanbul was founded in 2015 by Mallika McCosh as an initiative to rehabilitate refugee women who been displaced by war in Syria.

Christmas is a time for spreading cheer. And a group of Syrian refugee women in Turkey is doing just that by making and selling children's toys in London.

These women fled the war in Syria and ended up in Istanbul, only to become part of a group called 'Knitstanbul', a non-profit organisation that solely employs Syrian refugee women to knit and crochet woollen sweaters and toys for babies and toddlers.

This Christmas, they are set to sell a batch of hand-made Christmas toys and merchandise at the Christmas market in London.


Knitstanbul was founded in 2015 by Mallika McCosh as an initiative to rehabilitate refugee women who been displaced by war in Syria. The organisation employes them and tries to give them jobs in Istanbul, Financial Times reported.

One of the women who work in the organisation told Bloomberg News that the work they did helped them to earn a living in Turkey. It also encouraged them to put their past lives behind and focus on building a new one.

The cute sock-bunny like toys and ornaments that Kinstanbul are set to sell in London have evoked a great social media response.