We have failed 6-year-old-Leena

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During pre-iftar preparations, our staff member Ibrahim spotted a young girl stood alone watching as the food distribution was taking place. The young girl looked about six and was wearing sandals, jeans and a mud stained t-shirt. Ibrahim kept an eye on her while he continued to distribute food to the camp residents. He put aside some hot meals and a food parcel to give to her parents once they arrived.

Hours past, distribution had ended, and all the residents returned to their tents, all but this little girl. Confused as to what was happening, Ibrahim asked the camp manager about the whereabouts of the child’s parents.

“This is little Leena!” he said. “She arrived here on her own with no family, so the staff at the camp have been looking after her”. Little Leena was not only forced from her home but had made a perilous journey alone to a refugee camp and was now living in squalor without any family member.

Stories like this are incredibly hard to comprehend let alone digest, but little Leena is not alone. Sadly as the world’s media turns a blind eye on Syria’s children, there has been a growing assumption that the suffering in Syria has come to an end. Which is far from the case, in fact 2018 was the deadliest year for Syria’s children since the war began in 2011.

In a statement issued by UNICEF, Executive Director Henrietta Forewrote; “Today there exists an alarming misconception that the conflict in Syria is drawing quickly to a close – it is not. Children in parts of the country remain in as much danger as at any other time during the eight-year conflict”.

For a single donation of £250, you can support a child inside Syria for one year, alternatively, you can sponsor a child inside Syria, providing food, shelter and access to education for £35 per month.

At Syria Relief we believe that every child should grow up in a safe, supportive family environment free from violence – but for thousands across Syria, this is far from the case. We currently have a waiting list, brimming with names, of vulnerable children under 16. Each one of them are in a desperate situation and are waiting to be supported. Despite the efforts of so many charities this month, there are still thousands of children waiting to be supported. Don’t let this Ramadan pass you by without offering these children the support they need.

The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The one who cares for an orphan and myself will be together in paradise like this,” and he held his two fingers together to illustrate.

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