Ever wonder what it would be like if one of our children experienced uprisings, armed conflicts and disasters that go on during a war?
Well, international advocacy group Save the Children wonders what Syria’s war would look like in the west.
They created a powerful 94-second video that features clips of a young girl in the UK as she goes about her life as a normal child over the course of one year- from one birthday to the next.
In the video we see how her life changes intensely as war destroys her country.
Her life goes from celebrating her birthday, trying on makeup, playing at the park, riding her bike and snuggling in her bed with her favorite stuffed animal into frightening images of power outages, martial law, bombings, persecutions, sickness, food rationing and prison camps.
By the end of the video, the young girl is left weakened by war, staring lifelessly right at us, capturing our soul.
The message we see at the end:
“Just because it isn’t happening here doesn’t mean it isn’t happening.”
Chilling, but very true.
The video marks the third anniversary of the conflict in Syria that began in early 2011, in which over 130,000 have died and over 6.5 million have been misplaced out of their homeland by wars, hardships and violence.
“We wanted to show the horror of war for children whose worlds have collapsed,” Save the Children’s deputy director of media Helen Costello told TODAY. “We hope for those who don’t know that much about the situation in Syria, it will be an eye opener. Most people who’ve viewed it have told us it’s helped them see how children could so easily have their lives torn apart.”
A lot of the times we don’t realize the true impact of something horrific until it is happening to one of us.
Let’s help deliver this message together.
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