The Story of Ivine and Pillow: Syrian Refugee Children Share Frightening Tales of Escape

Hunger Site partner UNICEF have released a series called “Unfairy” Tales to use them to spread awareness about the refugee situation. This animated piece tells the story of Ivine, a 14-year-old girl whose childhood has been destroyed by the Syrian war.

The Syrian civil war has spanned seven years, and more than 500,000 are dead or missing. Over 100,000 of those killed were civilians in dangerous situations. Horrifying abuses are being perpetuated in this war, including bombing of inhabited civilian areas and multiple incidents involving chemical weapons. Syrian refugees like Ivine and her family endure perilous journeys with the hope of reaching someplace safe.

“I’d have nightmares about those scenes, and I’d cry. I’d wake up, and my pillow would be soaking wet from all my tears.”

Warning: disturbing content. Parental guidance is advised.

You can do your part to raise awareness, share compassion, and help to work toward a day when Syrians can return home to peace and prosperity. Helping Syria’s children is an important first step: here’s how you can make a real difference.

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