Hozier, Rita Ora, Jack Garrett And More Mark Five Years Of Syrian Conflict
The video tells the story of 15-year-old Omar
It’s been five years since conflict began in Syria. In those five years, over 4.8 million refugees have been displaced to Syria’s neighbouring countries alone with over half of these under the age of 18 and hundreds of thousands more in Europe (UNHCR).
To mark the five years, War Child have enlisted the help of a number of celebrities to tell the story of just one of these millions.
The poem describes five years of conflict and hardship faced by refugees as they wait in vain for their “country to return”, as their “blood became the headlines” while “no one cares enough to answer my screams”.
Stories like Omar’s remind us that real people are suffering every day as a result of being forced to flee their home country in fear for their lives. The campaign also highlights the lack of UN Humanitarian Funding going to help the millions of young people affected by the conflict.
Children make up over half of those affected by the Syrian Conflict and less than 3% of UN Humanitarian Funding is going to protecting them and their rights. War Child are using this video to urge people to sign a petition calling on world leaders to change the UN response at the UN World Humanitarian Summit, happening in a few months.
You can sign the petition and find out more here.