Omran, blood running down his cheeks and caked with dust all over his 5-year-old body, was in utter shock. Omran’s brother passed away a few days later from injuries he sustained from the air missile strike. This is ONE case of 10.8 million Syrian refugees – of those refugees about 51% of the refugees are CHILDREN.
Before you continue reading do me a favor..open a new tab and Google “Syria”. Pictures of destruction, loss, fire, and terror. These are the living conditions children in Syria and neighboring countries have become accustomed to. I’ve hyperlinked words throughout this blog with articles to support the information – some may be graphic.
If not for Omran, what about Aylan Kurdi whose 2-year-old body washed up on shore after trying to escape with his father, mother, and brother? His father was only to survive.
I wrote a blog post months ago about Syrian Refugees, here’s an excerpt:
“We must ALL stand together, be courageous, and never lose hope that the world will become a better place. We need change, whether it be politically, spiritually, or any other factor of change. It’s so cliché but we have to be the change we want to see in the world – if we want to see the change. What is happening is nothing short of atrocious. I truly think it’s a time for our country to do something about the situation and the refugees looking for a ‘safe house'”. (my post)
I think most of us forget to realize what we have and what those overseas are experiencing. These people are people and just because this isn’t happening in our homeland doesn’t mean we should ignore it. I think as a young and powerful population we can do something bigger than ourselves – we can grow awareness and help.
I’ve thought about and have prayed for the children in Syria every day since watching the video. I became obsessed. I read article after article hoping for a rainbow at the end of their storm – but nothing. I can’t sit here, scroll through my news feed without the image of Omran being sparked over and over again with a small still voice telling me do something.
#ProtectOmran #NoLostGeneration #LoveforSyrianRefugees
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