Does aid work always have to be serious? Do you have to be a doctor working on the frontline or an aid worker distributing food to refugees? David Clay, a clown from the US, thinks not.

Once a construction worker, Clay now volunteers for Clowns Without Borders, an international non-profit organisation that uses laughter to relieve suffering among children in refugee camps, conflict zones and natural disaster areas.

On May 30, Clay dressed up in his navy blue suit, crooked black hat and a polka dot tie to entertain 200 Syrian refugee children who are now living in neighbouring Lebanon.

Clowns: Clay (above) and other members of Clowns Without Borders performing for Syrian child refugees, bringing cheer to the displaced youth in an encampment at Jab Janine, West Bekaa, in Lebanon. — Reuters