Powerful video shows what war does to children

Children in conflicts

A young girl's life is turned upside down in a video that shows the effect war and conflict has on children.

The Save The Children video uses the story of a young British girl and goes from a family birthday party to complete despair as bombs rain down – by using one second to represent each day.

The film ends with the caption “Just because it isn't happening here doesn't mean it isn't happening” and urges people to help the children of Syria. It was watched more than two million times in the first few days after its release.

The Syrian civil war – now in its third year – has cost the lives of thousands of children and seen more than one million turned into refugees. Many of them have fled with their families into neighbouring countries including Lebanon and Jordan.

Jake Lundi, Director of Brand and Communications at Save The Children, said: “We hope the video will resonate with members of the public, particularly those who don’t know much about the situation in Syria so they can really understand the plight of innocent Syrian children.”

Education is vital for those children still inside Syria and those who have left the country.

Tens of thousands of people have signed the A World at School petition in support of our plan to get 400,000 Syrian refugee children back to school.

And more than five million people have seen your call to make sure that the plan is funded.

You can find out more about Save The Children's Syria appeal here.

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