Please take a moment to think about that. As a mother, I can't even comprehend the suffering she endures, every minute of every day, thinking about her daughter. Not knowing where she is, who she is with or what she is going through; or if she is even alive. All joy has been ripped away, replaced by overwhelming sorrow; the unthinkable for any parent. She's now living with her 6 children in a cardboard box (in ice-cold temperatures), having been forced to flee from their home. Her husband recently suffered a stroke, and is unable to take care of himself, so their 8 year-old son is now responsible for the family. For more, click here.
While I have followed the stories about the Syrian war for quite some time, it was this story that I know will continue to keep me awake at night. I will never forget the pain in this mother's face. I cry for her as I type...and every time I think of her.
Innocence is being ripped from a generation. I wanted to share this story, and facts about the Syrian crisis, as well as how you can do your part to HELP. I also encourage you to read this article, http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/03/13/children-in-syria-bear-the-brunt-of-war/ and to also check out www.nbcnews.com for their continuous coverage on Syria's children.
- The UN says the suffering in Syria is becoming the most horrific humanitarian catastrophe of our time
- Children have been tortured and executed
- 140,000 people killed in the war so far
- 10,000+ children killed, #s growing daily
- Thousands of children wounded
- 5 million children scarred by the 3 year war
- 4.3 million children are in urgent need of health & humanitarian assistance
- 38,000 babies born as refugees so far
- 1 million child refugees; 1 million living near the front lines of battle
- Millions are living in boxes, eating only WEEDS to survive
- Brutal living in filth and war; food is scarce
- Young girls being kidnapped from their families
- Children are unable to receive vaccination coverage for the most common preventable diseases
World Food Programme - www.wfp.org/syria - this year, the WFP will help 7 million Syrians struggling with starvation & malnutrition
Save the Children - www.SavetheChildren.org - providing protection, healthcare, food and water to the children of Syria
UNICEF - www.UNICEF.org - providing winter clothes, healthcare, psychological help, shelter and sanitation. Have provided 2.7 children for polio, 4 mil educational material, and have gotten clean water to 39k ppl