The Ceasefire Holds.

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.


Children celebrating Eid al-Adha in Idlib Province, Syria. 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

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Retired Local Government Officer who started to write at age 60 and hasn't looked back. Writes a humorous diary on the life of a member of the gentry.......and the village he lives in with his sadistic early morning alarm cat Oscar and his wife the formidable Lady J. Oscar even has his own book now, but the writing has stopped.
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17 Responses to The Ceasefire Holds.

  1. merrildsmith says:

    It is sad that children having the opportunity to smile and celebrate is newsworthy–though I’m glad they do have that chance.

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  3. slfinnell says:

    Such precious faces! Glad you were able to get this photo and share.


  4. Tina Frisco says:

    Thank you for posting this, David. It breaks my heart to see kids living in fear and robbed of their childhood. Shared across my pages ❤


    • davidprosser says:

      Many thanks Tina.That’s exactly the way I feel. Those who start these wars and commit to all the casual killing never seem to think of the generations to come who lose out on a childhood and all too often on a life at all. The worst of it is, over there it’s their own people being killed by their own troops. Their own country denuded of a generation of children and cities disappearing from the landscape. The price is way too heavy.
      xxx Massive Hugs xxx


  5. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    When we see the headlines and view images of devastation we sometimes fail to see the personal impact on millions of people, including the cancelling of childhood.. David Prosser’s post is definitely worth a read.


  6. But somehow, you can see the sorrow in their sweet faces. Great post. Thank you, David.


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  8. blondieaka says:

    I am pleased that those children got some respite from the horrors they have experienced and still do but sad that it is only temporary and then it starts again..No child should have to endure such a childhood….My own mother was an evacuee and I am sure it did not suit everyone but better than being in the frontline and maybe not seeing tomorrow… sad that no lessons have been learnt yet ….


    • davidprosser says:

      We’ve had so long and so many opportunities to learn the lessons of war. We know that always the innocent are the hardest hit and yet any lessons learned are ignored by those who would fight wars often for the sake of things like control of oil supplies….not their own. It’s now past time where we should be looking to the future and deciding the young of every creed, every faith and every Nation deserves a chance to grow without fear.
      xxx Huge Hugs xxx


  9. Alas, peace no longer. I felt I had to return to this sincere post to lament with everyone here the unforgivable violation of an aid convoy – it seems the more that is done to heal one wound in that tortured country, the larger the sacrilege that takes its place. Matters in Syria are becoming impossibly tangled with power-play between larger nations; we need to be so, so careful with our sympathies here.

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  10. davidprosser says:

    Very often it’s those called the Rebels who would be expected to violate a peace but in this instance it was the official forces of the Country. Not only did they kill the innocent who constitute the aid party but they also denied humanitarian aid to those in need who include so many innocent children.Wherever your sympathies lie in this civil war, surely there must be some concern for the children caught up in this, and those children are Syrian whichever side you’re on.
    I personally favour the rebel side even though it contains many factions who would in the end be anti-West, but I have to hope they’d bring about a peace that didn’t include the slaughter the current Government considers OK in planes supplied by their Russian backers.
    Sorry Frederick to go off post like this. I do lament this unforgivable violation of an aid convoy and of a truce which gave the innocent a brief respite from war. Large nations flexing their muscles at each other are going to cause more mayhem before this war is over. There needs to be a genuine brokerage for peace with peacekeeping forces on the ground while discussions take place. Mankind is capable of peace, it’s time that option was taken everywhere.


  11. No, I didn’t intend to give any impression I was unsympathetic – I too grieve for all those lost childhoods. I sympathize acutely with all the ordinary souls dragged into factional disputes that destroy without hope of gain, who just intended to go to the office each day and raise their children the best way they knew. Some still try, but any sort of normality in a hornets nest of political agitators, religious fanatics and arms dealers cannot be more difficult to imagine.

    So much seems to me to hinge upon the differing value placed upon life by the East and the West. Assad clearly sees a truce as merely a chance for his enemies to rearm, and has no qualms about massacring anybody. Putin seems largely sympathetic to that POV, then there is the un-heavenly host of rebels with their different causes and an unlimited supply of bullets from Saudi Arabia, Iran or wherever. My problem is, apart from the obvious demon Assad, just whose totem do you acknowledge? There are so many. Then there are all the external influences other than the above mentioned, Turkey, Iraq, United States, and so on. And the feeling that however the conflict is resolved, whether the US, or Russia or a consortium of the Arab states storms in, what is left will be as troubled and unstable as before.

    So, yes, I apologize too for straying off post. It is a huge subject. My real fear is the other way of solving Syria’s ills, and my sensation that the ghost of the Archduke Ferdinand is watching.


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