Young Somali Children living in a Refugee camp in Kenya write letters of hope to refugee children in Syria. “Be the stars and the new presidents,” said one young Somali boy in his letter. They offer encouragement, advice, and urge them to do everything they can to get an education and keep learning. Read the article and their letters here.
Around 3 million Syrian children have been displaced by war. They’ve had to suffer through their houses being bombed, not being able to attend school because of war, being separated from or losing family members, and having to leave Syria. Children as young as 2 and up to 14 share their aspirations, desires, hopes, and stories about what they’ve experienced.
Imagine you have a young child whose legs must be amputated because hospitals don’t have the proper equipment to treat them, or a world in which a patient opts to be knocked unconscious with a metal bar because there are no anaesthetics. Imagine a life where newborn babies die in their incubators because of power cuts.
Horrific, isn’t it? Yet this is reality for people inside Syria who have endured the hell and barbarity of war for three years.
From Time: “The Yarmouk refugee camp, a Palestinian enclave in southern Damascus, has been under a grueling siege for months and its over 20,000 residents are cut off from vital supplies and endure chronic food shortages. Here’s the scene that met U.N. aid workers who reached the devastated area last month.”