10 Jun Through the Eyes of Children
from Syrian Children
“I was scared when I saw the fire. I thought maybe the house would burn while we were inside. I thought I was going to die.”
“They took my father and killed him in front of us.”
“I cry all the time.”
“My house burned down.”
“In my sleep, I shout for my mother and scream.”
“Bombs and guns, I was so scared. When I left Syria, we were all injured. I just remember people being hurt. People were dying all around me.”
“Can you help stop the war so I can go back home?”
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Consider this as you pray today:
~ Children are paying the heaviest price in this war with a huge percentage traumatized, used, abused, orphaned, without friends or home. They are often malnourished, diseased, without basic sanitation and with little or no schooling.
~ In recent reports another 500 children were kidnapped in Iraq by a terror group and sent to Syria to be trained as soldiers and suicide bombers. Their hearts and minds are today being reprogrammed.
~ Syrian children are confused, fearful and often hungry. Many feel responsible to help their family financially – working for pennies a day if they can find work.
“And they were bringing even their babies to Him so that He would touch them, but when the disciples saw it, they began rebuking them. But Jesus called for them, saying, “Permit the children to come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”
1. Our hearts are broken Jesus as we consider the children abducted by the terrorists, as well as for their parents. We ask that you bring our world together to say, “Enough is enough,” and have the moral courage and wise means to find and rescue the children. We ask, Lord, that you call out one of your servants to bring a megaphone to the voices of their parents’ pleas for help. Please Lord, would you cause the ‘reprogramming’ of the children’s hearts and minds to be unsuccessful. Give these children a sense of your presence and protect them from further abuse we pray in the name of Jesus who loves each one.
2. Lord, we ask that you remove every evil design against these children of war. We beg that you make a way for them to find true healing of their wounds in and through your personal touch on their lives – with or without a human messenger.
ISIS Turning 500 Kidnapped Children into Soldiers, Suicide Bombers and Executioners Christianity Today, June 4 2015
Children are paying the heaviest price in this war. Many have witnessed unimaginable violence, seen loved ones killed and homes destroyed. The vast majority of them have been out of school for more than three years. Many are showing severe signs of trauma and depression. As this crisis continues to get worse, concerns are growing that Syria will experience a “lost generation” — children who are not only scarred by war but also deprived of the academic, emotional and social benefits of education. “Syria’s Children are in Danger of Becoming a Lost Generation” The Baltimore Sun, March 15, 2015
The ability of Syrian children to go to school has been severely compromised because of the war. Their school buildings have been deliberately targeted for destruction. Across Syria, an estimated 2.8 million children were still struggling to pursue some form of education amid the rubble and destruction resulting from the conflict. New York Times, March 15, 2015
Children are especially susceptible to malnutrition and diseases related to poor sanitation. Many suffer from diarrheal diseases and dehydration. Because of the breakdown of the Syrian health system and lack of adequate immunization, there have been outbreaks of measles and even polio in Syria and among refugee children. World Vision, May, 2015
With the conflict in Syria now entering its fifth year, the situation of more than 5.6 million children inside the country remains the most desperate. That includes up to 2 million children who are living in areas of the country largely cut off from humanitarian assistance due to fighting or other factors. Almost 2 million Syrian children are living as refugees in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and other countries. UNICEF Press Release, March 12, 2015
More than 7.6 million people are internally displaced (IDPs) within Syria, and more than 4 million have fled as refugees to neighboring countries. More than 1.6 million Syrian children are refugees, the United Nations says.
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