Today is Memorial Day and I am reminded of just how lucky we are and how much we take for granted every single day. Just imagine living in a war-torn country where every day is uncertain. The Syrian conflict began on March 15, 2011 when protesters demanded the resignation of their president and the end of the Ba'ath Party rule. Now entering the third year, the rebellion continues with now over 60,000 deaths reported. Supporters of the government are on one side while the rebels are on the other. Meanwhile, the children are caught in the middle of this civil war and left without many of the everyday necessities we often overlook, including schooling and basic healthcare.
Did you know 1 in 5 school houses (over 2,000) have either been destroyed, damaged or turned into shelters for displaced families in Syria? In addition, clean water is not readily available and, with nonworking sewage systems, this means very unsanitary conditions for children and a higher risk of disease. Wartime has taken its toll on the children of Syria not only physically, but mentally. One in five Syrian refugees are under the age of five. Just imagine the impact these occurrences can have on a child and the psychological trauma it can and has already caused. The Unicef Syria crisis appeal addresses all of these issues and more.
Over 2 million children are effected each and every day and I believe we should all do our part to help support and take care of these innocent children who suffer because of war. They deserve clean water, food, a safe place to live and much, much more. Donations to Unicef can help make all of this possible and, as you know, every little penny counts. One donation of $50 can provide clothing, blankets and other essentials most families have left behind when fleeing.
With no end in sight, the rebellion continues and the need for resources grows. Please do your part by educating yourself on the Syrian conflict, donating, and/or joining Unicef in advocating for the rights of children.