For three million Syrian children, the war had already started when they were born and they do not know what it is like to live in peace.
War has had a devastating impact on the lives of all children in Syria. Many have seen their neighbourhoods destroyed. They’ve been there when their family and friends were injured or killed. War has driven families from their homes – and separated parents and their children.
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The longest heartbreak - Rasha’s story
It is a day Rasha* will never forget.
She returned from her brother’s funeral to find her husband and her two young sons – Yousef* and Mohammed* – gone.
“Their toys were on the floor. Their father had taken them away.”
In the weeks before, Rasha’s violent and abusive husband had been demanding the family leave their home in Aleppo, Syria and travel into ISIS territory, but Rasha had refused. She never suspected he would go without her and take her children.
With war waging across Syria, Rasha heard nothing from Yousef or Mohammed. “I thought about them all the time. Every time I heard a child cry out for his mother, my heart wept.” Rasha didn’t know where her sons were or even if they were alive. “I always believed I would see them again.”
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