A disturbing new video depicts a young girl’s life in London if it were the site of a conflict as horrific as the Syrian civil war.
The video, produced by Save the Children, opens with the child celebrating her birthday with friends and family.
She plays with toys, goofs off with friends, goes to school and sleeps comfortably.
But ominous signs begin to appear in the background. Planes begin roaring overhead, a news anchor speaks in an ominous tone and electricity in the girl’s home begins to cut out.
Chaos reigns. Now she’s walking from an aid truck, nearly killed by a bomb blast, wearing a gas mask and fleeing gunfire.
The video ends with the girl again celebrating her birthday, but this time looking traumatized and dead-eyed.
“Just because it isn’t happening here doesn’t mean it isn’t happening,” appears on screen.
The haunting video was released in advance of the three-year anniversary of the conflict that March 15, 2011.
According to Save the Children, one in three Syrian children have been hit, kicked or shot at in the war. Over 5 million children need emergency help, including 1 million who have fled to neighboring children.
The aid organization said 7,000 children have been killed in the conflict, though other estimates put the child death toll as high as 10,000.
A United Nations report last month found that Syrian children are caught in an impossible situation in which they are recruited by rebels and tortured by forces loyal to President Bashar Assad for associating with the rebels.
Meanwhile the conflict rages on.
Syrian state media said Thursday that a car bomb had exploded in the central city of Hama, killing at least four people and wounding 22.
It was unclear who was responsible for the detonation in Syria’s third-largest city, which has seen some of the war’s most intense fighting.
Also on Thursday the head of the mission charged with disposing of Syria’s chemical weapons stash said it would redouble its efforts after several missed deadlines.
So far about one third of 1,300 metric tons, or 1,432 tons, of killer chemicals have been destroyed.
With News Wire Services
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