This video is so powerful and truly shocking. But what was even more shocking is realizing that what’s shown in the video is something children are experiencing right now.
This video was filmed by Save the Children as a powerful reminder that the violence of war is not an abstract thing. It’s real and happening today to millions of Syrian families a lot like our own. Filmed in 2016, not much has changed in the years since. If anything, children in countries like Yemen face starvation and equally dangerous living conditions.
In January of 2021, the UN urged countries to repatriate 27,000 children stranded in a massive camp in northeastern Syria. The children are from 60 countries. Many are sons and daughters of Islamic State extremists who have lost their parents and who are “stranded or abandoned to their fate.” And UNICEF estimates there are at least 4.7 million children are in need of humanitarian assistance in Syria.
Share this with your friends and family. It’s important to be reminded that “Just because it isn’t happening here, doesn’t mean it isn’t happening.”