World Vision has worked with Syrian children since the war began in 2011. Leading up to the sixth anniversary of the conflict, we asked them to share their fears and dreams with us. We also spoke to children in relatively safe countries to better understand how exposure to violence can influence a child’s view of the world and their ability to remain hopeful.
We found many childhood commonalities and a heart-warming amount of empathy. But as one might expect, the most startling contrast was that Syria’s children live in almost constant fear of violence and have been thrust into adulthood much too quickly.