“Trust yourself and a future without war”: How children escaped from…

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Refugee children from Syria, Myanmar and South Sudan cheer on girls and boys who have had to flee Ukraine.

“Every story was shared in solidarity to bring hope to the children of Ukraine, by those who experienced the horrors of war themselves,”

Pete Walsh, Country Director of Save the Children Ukraine. But all the stories are also “a poignant reminder of the devastating impact of conflict on children’s lives, not only in Ukraine but around the world”.

Ghaith*, 18 years old, Zaatari refugee camp, Jordan:

“What helped me the most was having my family close to me to support me,” says Ghaith. “We must them [den Flüchtlingen aus der Ukraine] Offer help, for example from Save the Children, which positively changes children’s lives and promises them a better future. They need support, education and better prospects, like sports and everything they need to forget their past and hope for a better future.”

Ghaith and his family fled the war in Syria in 2013. He has experienced things no child should go through: bombings, the killing of his uncle and four cousins. He now lives in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp, and participates in Save the Children’s and Arsenal’s life coaching program, where activities such as playing soccer help him address his experiences and improve his mental health.

Fatima*, 14 years old, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh:

Fatima advises: “Do not be afraid, trust yourself.” “I’ve been through that too, I can sympathize with you. Everything will be fine and one day you will return to your homeland. We must keep hope and try to be positive.”

“Children should be kept away from things that remind them of the horrors of conflict. Loud noises, such as gunshots, affect children who have experienced war the most.”

Fatima lost her home at the age of nine after her home was burned down in an attack on her village and was forced to flee to neighboring Bangladesh. She received psychosocial support and struggled to recover from trauma for over a year. Now she goes back to school and lives in the world’s largest refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar.

Daniel*, 16, northern Uganda:

Five years ago, Daniel was forced to flee his homeland in South Sudan due to the conflict. “Sometimes I break down and cry,” Daniel says. “You’re crying inside because of the things that happened. I went through it too. I ran away like I did, but it worked out.”

“I advise the children from Ukraine to forget all the challenges they faced… Playing football, netball and drawing helps me forget the past.”

In Save the Children’s latest analysis of families in Ukraine, 85 percent of respondents said they need psychological support. Children cannot sleep, suffer from constant fear, and do not dare to leave their hiding places.

Pete Walsh asserts that “hundreds of millions of people around the world live in struggles that rob them of their childhood.” “All children should have the appropriate support to recover from the pain they suffered in the war.”

Children’s Rights estimates that 224 million children living in war or conflict around the world can experience significant suffering and psychological distress. Despite this, child protection, education, mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) in emergencies is severely underfunded.

Save the Children has been operating in Ukraine since 2014, providing basic humanitarian assistance to children and their families. With the help of local partners, the organization provides displaced families with housing, food, cash, hygiene and baby kits, and provides psychosocial support.

Save the Children has also set up shelters, children’s playrooms, and aid distribution tents at border crossings, transportation centers and reception centers in Romania, Poland and Lithuania, and provides emergency shelters, psychological first aid and parenting advice in ten other European countries.

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