I am a new mom. My baby girl Phoebe is 9 months old. She is growing up safe, warm, protected and loved. She does not know the sound of airstrikes and gunfire in the night. She has not lost her entire family to enemy attacks. She is not starving. But for many babies and children like her in Aleppo, Syria - this is their world. Fear, disease, lack of immunizations, no schooling for the past 5 years. It is unimaginable. It is unacceptable.
I watched the video of Omar Daqneesh, age 5, being pulled from the rubble in Aleppo after his family's home was hit with an airstrike...and I have not been able to get his quiet, silent image from my mind. He sits in the back of an ambulance - without tears, looking down, scared. He wipes some blood from his head, and wipes his hand on the seat. He is covered in dust and is in shock. Doctors said he did not cry the entire time - until he was finally reunited with his mom. So is he lucky?
Please help me do SOMETHING for these children. They are the innocent victims. We live in a world of freedom, privilege and opportunity- but IT COULD HAPPEN HERE. Syria was a first world country before the civil war. Kids had cell phones and went to school, and hung out with friends. Their babies are like our babies, their children like our children. Except they are orphaned, homeless, and terrified. The hospitals are all destroyed by airstrikes. Most of the doctors are dead. Schools are destroyed. Children at age 7 have NEVER been to school. This has been their world for 5 years.
What would you do to calm your child - to soothe her when she was scared? What would you do to ensure her safety? What would you give? Hold her tight, give her a hug - and think of those little ones without moms to hug them. As mothers, we don't hesitate to help each other: we counsel and guide one another, encourage each other, and watch one another's children to keep them safe as if they were our own. We don't do this alone. It takes a village. How many moms have helped YOU in your journey? What can you do to give back?
Please help me help the children of Aleppo.
There is nothing more fierce than a mother's love. We can make a difference.