Before the war started nothing worried me, everything was ok. You could remove the moon and put the house in its place. It was really beautiful. We used to play with our bicycles and I had my dolls and barbies. I would play hide and seek with my brothers and sisters and we played pat-a-cake. We had a swing that we used to swing on in the evenings.
But then our house got bombed. Shooting, fighting, people dying. They bombed our houses. It was horrible. It wasn’t a life there, it was nothing at all. Fear and horror. I felt fear and horror.
I was really afraid that they would do the same to me and my family.
My dad got kidnapped. They shot him and then they burned him. I just want my father to come back. I was afraid we would never escape Syria. I packed my watch and my photo album. I’ve got them with me. The photo album has pictures of me with my father and siblings. We used to wait for my dad to come home from work in the evenings. He used to play with me. He used to love me the most. He used to say come here my daughter, my love.
"My dad got kidnapped. They shot him and then they burned him. I just want my father to come back."
Sara talks about her father after her house was bombed
There’s no bombing here. It’s a bit better than Syria. There are no bombs there are no rockets. There is nothing like that here, so it is better.
Approximately 5.6 million people have managed to escape Syria, of these UNICEF estimates 2.6 million are children. They are now facing challenges no child should ever endure, missing school, working as child labourers and girls vulnerable to early marriage.
A generation of children is at risk of being lost to the impact of this conflict.
World Vision’s staff and partners are on the front lines of this crisis working in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq to bring aid and hope to children, families and communities.
Last year, our Syria Response supported almost 2.3 million people – 1.3 million children – through education, child protection including Child Friendly Spaces, food and cash assistance, water, sanitation, health and winter supplies.
15th March 2019, marks the eighth anniversary of the Syrian conflict. Newshub anchor Samantha Hayes is in Lebanon and Jordan with World Vision's National Director, Grant Bayldon to see the devastating impact eight years of war has on Syrian refugee children and their families.
Samantha is meeting with children who have all but forgotten what life is like in their homeland, and families that are grappling with their hopes and fears about returning to their life back home in Syria one day.
The scale and complexity of the Syrian conflict can seem overwhelming. But, beyond the challenging context, there is a simple truth; children are in desperate need and we can help.
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