Syria: Video of father and daughter goes viral
"One day, she will know that is the sound of death.” This video of a Syrian dad helping his daughter cope with bombs through laughter went viral. But there's an escalating humanitarian crisis in the last rebel-held province of Syria. (via Brut News)
This father of a Syrian family is using laughter so that his daughter won’t be afraid of the bombings. This video has been viewed millions of times on social media.
But in the north of Syria, for numerous families, the bombings are the reality
Since December, like Abdallah and his daughter Salwa, nearly 900,000 people have been displaced in this region. Most are fleeing the city of Idlib, one of the last bastions of the Syrian rebels fighting against Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
“In all, since January 1st this year, during the Syrian Government’s latest major military offensive to retake key areas in Idlib and Aleppo, we have recorded the deaths of 299 civilians in this region of Syria. Around 93% of those deaths were caused by the Syrian Government and its allies.”, Rupert Colville, the spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, revealed. 3.5 million people live in these areas. “We see indiscriminate bombing of civilian targets. This is horrendous! And we call on the Russian-backed Syrian regime to stop all these attacks.”, Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, shared.
Here, the bombings spare nothing and nobody
“The war planes struck with three missiles, one of which was a napalm missile.”, Youssef Beirouty, a Turmanin resident, stated. According to the UN, this is one of the worst humanitarian crises to hit Syria since the start of the war in 2011 and the largest exodus of its population.
“Because of the intensity of the bombings, I left my hometown Abyan with my sons and grandchildren, who are young. I am old and sick because of the cold, we are going to die.”, a displaced Syrian confessed.
The bombings have also destroyed more than half of the health facilities in the region
“The sheer quantity of attacks on these hospitals, medical facilities and schools would suggest they can’t all be accidental. Which can contribute to something being attributed as a war crime.”, Colville announced.
Although the UN called for a ceasefire, on February 17th, the Syrian president promised to continue his advances. Since December 1st, these conflicts have left ghost towns in their wake and numerous displaced people who are seeking refuge in safer areas, near the Turkish border. 500,000 of them are children, the equivalent of the entire population of Atlanta.
“We are being displaced from these camps, we were living here in the camp in Sarmada, then there were bombings, we had to leave: where will we go? We and the children don’t know where to go.”, Abu Ahmed, who had been displaced from his hometown, disclosed.
Since the start of the conflict in Syria in March 2011, the war has caused more than 380,000 deaths and 13 million Syrians have fled their homes.
On the video he shared with his daughter during the bombings
“In the video that I published, there were bombings, so I got out my phone because I saw she was afraid. I asked her: “What is it, a plane?” And she replied: “No, it’s a bomb.” She knows the difference between a plane and a bomb, but she still laughed. One day, she will know that this is a sound of death. But when that day comes, she will also have understood who we are and what our story is. It’s been nine years now, we are tired of sending messages, we have no aspirations. We just want our children to have a decent life. Nothing more, nothing less.” Abdallah al-Mohammed concluded.