World Vision’s Claire Bardell reflects on the impact of 10 years of war on Syria’s children.
Where were you 10 years ago?
I was probably crawling around the floor with my 19-month-old son or chasing after my four-year-old girl. They’re both in secondary school now.
A decade of war
Ten years is a long time. A lot can change. Everything could change.
Ten years ago a conflict ignited in Syria. Civil war soon spread from Damascus across the nation. And now, the Syrian war has reached a new milestone – its 10th anniversary.
For Syria’s children, that’s ten years of childhood shaped by violence. While my children were learning to swim, running around the local woods and watching Frozen for the umpteenth time, Syria’s youngest have been fighting nightmares of bombing, hoping for somewhere safe to stay and even learning new languages to fit in with their new neighbourhoods.