Palmyra Relief’s founder and trustee, Mohammed Antabli is currently traveling in Turkey with his wife and fellow trustee, Franca Fiabane, meeting Syrian refugee families whose children have lost limbs as a result of the war in Syria. Here are just a few of the many children they have met in the last few days, children we hope we can soon help through Palmyra Relief’s support.
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.
Syrian children living in the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan give their perspective on the things that have happened and difficulties they’ve faced. They dream of going back to Syria and becoming anything from a doctor to a lawyer who protects human rights. Watch the full video here.
So far in 2014, more than 9,000 child refugees have arrived in Italy from Syria, by themselves. Many of the thousands of unaccompanied minors are under five years old. These children face danger, violence, or exploitation. Save the Children said that after arriving, many Syrian refugee children are “dropping off the radar,” therefore being exposed to risk. Read the full article at World Bulletin 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.
Popular Brazilian performer Nanny Assis has written and performed an original song for Palmyra Relief. The song is called “Sahdonee” (Help Me, in Arabic. ) He debuted the song at famed jazz club Ronnie Scott’s in London, on 10 April 2014.
Sahdonee was written as a tribute to the children of Syria who have been wounded in the war, and the song has been dedicated to Palmyra Relief and its efforts to help provide prosthetic limbs and rehabilitation to Syrian children.
Here is a video of Nanny Assis performing Sahdonee, along with the song’s lyrics.