Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Save The Children - Syrian atrocities update #savesyriaschildren

Earlier in the year I wrote a blog post about the Syrian massacres, not because I  wanted to but because I felt I had to, I had to do something even if it was just to write a blogpost in hope of raising awareness of what was happening in Syria.

It is that same need that has again compelled me to write about the Save The Children Syrian Campaign update.  'Save The Children are working with these children to help them come to terms with the devastating psychological impact of their experiences, providing specialist support to children showing signs of distress including self-harm, nightmares and bedwetting' Yes you read it right they are working with children, children that have seen and witnessed things I do not want to even imagine happening, atrocities that make me feel sick to my stomach to read, children younger than some of my own that have seen those around them tortured and massacred. Shocking is a completely understated word to use when you read things like this: 

“Dead bodies along with injured people were scattered all over the ground. I found body parts all over each other. Dogs were eating the dead bodies for two days after the massacre.” Hassan, 14 

“This six year old boy was tortured more than anyone else in that room. He only survived for three days and then he simply died.” Wael, 16

“They hung me from the ceiling by my wrists, with my feet off the ground. Then I was beaten.” Khalid, 15

 “There was nothing that they did not use to hurt us.” Nur, 9                                                                                               
Now tell me this is not important.  Tell me that is right in any form of the word.  Tell me I shouldn't want to speak about such things - I would rather I didn't have to think about or speak about these atrocities but these things and many things like them ARE HAPPENING.  You can stop reading now but I would rather you didn't. I would love you to get involved.

Here's how:

Find out more about the campaign here: http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/syria

Sign the petition here: http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/syriaact

Link to donate: http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/syriagive

Watch the Save The Children video 'Stop The Crimes Against Syrias Children' here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsjL3PLHQi8

Tell the world, get involved, write about it, ACT ON IT. We all have a voice so lets use it.

Nawara, five, peers out from her tent in Za'atari Refugee Camp, Jordan