This morning I saw the news showing a group of children having great fun on swings and roundabouts. Nothing unusual in that you’d think until you looked around and saw the devastation of the city around them. They were playing surrounded by ruins of the homes they once lived in without walls and floors and with the debris of once normal lives flowing round them.
These are the children of Syria taking pleasure in the ceasefire between the Russian supported Government and the Rebels ( or Freedom fighters) supported by various others.
CreditMuhammed Najdat Kaddour
The picture above is one I hadn’t expected to see given that normally there might be Russian planes dropping bombs on this rebel held city. It’s a joy to see a degree of normality in the children’ lives from our point of view in a period anything but normal in their short lives. I have to hope that the ceasefire delicate though it is, continues and that somehow an agreement is worked out that brings an end to this conflict.
I’m sad that the Army has backed President Assad and kept him in power so long though I don’t know what the effect would have been had he left and allowed the Rebels to form a new Government. Given that the rebels are part Al Quaeda and part American vetted groups plus other factions I doubt concensus would have been found easily. What I do know is that these children deserve a life. They deserve homes and a future not decided by bombs. They deserve Hugs to show the World is with them and that the life they’ve currently known is not normal, that a better life lies ahead of them.
I hope the ceasefire lasts the full 7 days and then carries on, this fragile peace becoming something permanent to bring some stability to the region. The refugees will be anxious to return to their families and there are children who have never known peace who need to learn how to play without fear of warplanes flying overhead dropping bombs