A time to pay tribute to the children of Syria

Online campaign celebrates Syria’s children’s determination to reach their dreams

To mark the anniversary of five years of Syrian conflict, March 15, the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) has launched a solidarity campaign urging people to join together under global #WithSyria movement to pay tribute to the innocent consequences of war, and celebrate a generation’s commitment to living.  

The DRC’s Everyday Heroes of Syria online campaign will bring out the untold stories and future dreams of displaced Syrian children living in Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, and Jordan, where over 4.5 million Syrians have now sought refuge since the Syria crisis began in 2011. Featuring photographs by Argentinean photographer Eduardo Soteras, and running under the theme “As-sham al maser almajool” (Syria region’s future unknown), starting March 15, 20 stories of children growing up amid conflict and forced migration and their determination to reach their dreams, will be published over 20 days.

“There is a lot of media coverage highlighting war and violence related to Syria, but this is a time to remind all of us of the dignity of a remarkably resilient people that is often overlooked,” said Peter Klansø, DRC-MENA regional director. “Every one of the people we will feature in the campaign is a true inspiration to those of us who will never stop working towards delivering dignity to refugees as they await a just solution to their plight.”

Seven year-old Bushra, a refugee in Lebanon, whose entire family was killed in Syria is featured in the #everydayheroesofsyria campaign. “I don’t like to go outside but I have to so I can get to school. I want to work hard so I can become a teacher and help people in Syria who can’t go to school.”

The campaign aims to create an online solidarity with displaced Syrians, showing that people are standing shoulder to shoulder with them and saying:  “I care.”

Since the start of the conflict in Syria, more than 12 million people have been forced to flee their homes, including over 4.5 million, most of them women and children, who fled to neighboring countries, and more than 13.5 million people, including 6 million children, inside Syria require humanitarian assistance. About 10 per cent of Syrian refugees have sought safety in Europe.

The campaign was launched at a collaborative #withsyria event Tuesday, March 15, in Amman, Jordan, supported by Save the Children, Oxfam, World Vision and International Rescue Committee.

For more information on the Everyday Heroes of Syria campaign, please visit: FACEBOOK site

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