This, now international group, began in Spain in 1993 when Spanish clown, Tortell Poltrona, was asked by a group of children to help their pen pals at a refugee camp in Croatia. These refugee children had witnessed the Yugoslav Wars of 1991-1995. Poltrona took a small troupe of fellow clowns to the camp where they were immediately greeted by hundreds of children and their families. The camp was filled with smiles and laughter. The children asked, “When will you all return again?” And Payasos Sin Fronteras (Clowns Without Borders) was born.
On October 26, 2015, Clowns Without Borders USA began performing on the Greek island of Lesvos, to support the influx of Syrian and other refugees who have flied their countries.
For more information go to Clowns Without Borders USA http://www.clownswithoutborders.org/
or Clowns Without Borders International http://www.cwb-international.org/