Right now, there are tens of thousands of children caught up in Syria's civil war who will never be able to experience such care free lives again. They have witnessed things that no adult, let alone a child, should ever have to see. Children not much older than my own. I truly struggle to comprehend it.
Save The Children are working to bring this horrific situation to people's attention. They have been denied access to Syria itself but are working on the country's borders to bring aid and assistance to the families who have been affected. Of the many things they are doing, they are creating safe spaces for children to meet, play and to talk through their experiences and they are providing support to children who have fled Syria alone.
Yesterday they released a report which contains first hand reports from children and parents who have been directly affected by the conflict. It makes for a truly heartbreaking read: Untold Atrocities
What Can I Do?
Sometimes it can seem as though we're just one small person up against a huge problem. But by adding our voices to others it can make a massive difference.
Here are some of the things you can do:
1. Watch and share this 2 minute video with everyone you know. Let's stop this being an untold atrocity. Use #savesyriaschildren on Twitter.
2. Sign the petition calling on the UN and its member states to ensure they are doing all they can to make sure every crime against children is counted and that the perpetrators know they will be held to account.
3. Donate to Save The Children. Money raised will go towards providing basics for these children such as food and blankets and will allow them to receive proper emotional support.
Please take a few minutes to share this story. It could make a world of difference.
For more information visit the Save The Children's website.