North East Syria is home to too many boys and girls all too familiar with the horrors of war. They have lived through brutal conflict. Some have grown up knowing nothing but war.
Now, with reports of hostilities along the North East Syrian border claiming the lives of civilians, including those of two children, vulnerable families living in displacement camps face an increased need for immediate humanitarian assistance.
Thousands of Syrian and foreign children who have recently moved from ISIS-held areas into displacement camps in North East Syria already face life-threatening risks. They show signs of psychological distress, and many will likely need long term mental health and psychosocial support to recover from their experiences.[i]
As children have moved from shelter to tent, and from town to camp, their sense of home and belonging has been lost. Attending school and playing with friends may be a distant memory. Instead, vivid memories of brutality and bombs fill their heads.