Every day, thousands of people in Syria make the terrifying decision to leave. At some moment on some day, they declare they've had enough. They gather the family, pack just the possessions they'll need for survival into the few bags they'll be able to carry, and head toward an uncertain future.
They were so young, and yet looked so sad. I looked into the faces of these children... hundreds of them... all gathered together at a UNICEF program in Malawi, one of the countries hardest hit by AIDS.
In 2012, my children and I awoke to the sound of heavy clashes erupting outside of our home in Qudsaya, Syria. We could hear the sound of bullets and gunfire dangerously close to us. I was scared and on the verge of tears, but I refused to let my children see me cry.
Some 538 children were killed and 3,370 injured in the Palestinian Gaza Strip during a 50-day war between Israeli troops
With counseling and psychosocial support, young lives devastated by war and childhoods violently taken away can be reclaimed. We see it happen when they begin to smile again, laugh again, and play again.
The media stories have been legion, the words expended many. And yet, as attention shifts elsewhere (even though the children continue to arrive), the real factors that would have made sense of what's been happening remain essentially untouched and largely unmentioned. It couldn't be stranger -- or sadder.
And just cuz you're here, Don't think that you beat us. Cuz we don't love kids Unless they're a fetus. So cut us some slack
Like everything else happening in our country, the children on the border have been dragged into our political discourse, and it instantly turned ugly when the news network spotlight hit it.
Forget about the pursuit of the American dream, an American education, or an American job. They are simply trying to stay alive.
The 8-year-old's hometown in Democratic Republic of Congo was attacked by a rebel group. Thousands in the area, including
"I don’t think I can stress how serious it is. It is absolutely diabolical," Sherlock said. "The head of [Home] of Hope... says
“I looked into my parents’ eyes and for the first time, I saw fear. I saw that we were not going to be safe anymore," she