Video: What peace means to Syrian refugee children

As world leaders discuss Syria’s future, World Vision asked these children to explain what peace means to them.

Updated March 5, 2014 at 10:30am PST

More than 8 million Syrians have been displaced by ongoing fighting in their country — 6.5 million within Syria, and about 2.3 million as refugees in neighboring countries. Among them are countless children whose hopes, dreams, and ways of life have been put on hold indefinitely.

They’ve been forced to quit school and flee their homes — in many cases, with little more than the clothes on their backs.

These children each have unique stories, and they still have visions for a brighter future. Watch the video above to hear from some of them as they speak to leaders who are discussing the future of their home country.

As the conflict in Syria enters its third year, an entire generation of affected children hangs in the balance. Their voices cry out to be heard.

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Three ways you can help

  • Please pray for the children and families forced to flee their homes because of violence. Millions are now living in squalid conditions, both inside of Syria and in neighboring countries, without access to basic essentials. Pray especially for an end to the hostilities that are fueling an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. Consider using our prayer guide.
  • Make a one-time donation to help those affected by conflict in Syria. Your contribution will help provide essentials like hygiene kits, food vouchers and established Child-Friendly Spaces, as well as stoves, fuel, and shelter materials to help families survive the harsh winter months.
  • Speak out. Join us in calling on world leaders to take action to ensure the immediate protection of children.