If you saw a freezing boy on a bus stop bench would you help? The SOS Children’s Villages thinks so.

In an attempt to raise awareness about the ongoing suffering of children in Syria, the organization set a thinly clad boy at a bus stop in Oslo, Norway and secretly filmed the reactions of those around him. Their message? Most people would help a freezing boy sitting next to them at a bus stop, so why not one in Syria?

 

More than 6.5 million people have been displaced inside Syria as a result of the civil war that has now raged for almost three years. Over two million have fled to neighboring countries such as Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. SOS Children’s Villages has therefore created action network SOS Mayday where people are encouraged to help displaced children in Syria.

The touching video has received considerable attention after the publication, and is now spreading like wildfire on social media.

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Unisef on the Children of Syria

The continuing violence in Syria is having catastrophic consequences for children — more than 5 million are threatened by the brutal conflict, soon entering its fourth year.

Refugee camps in countries bordering Syria are overflowing — there are now more than 1 million child refugees — and within Syria itself, over 4 million children are affected. The war continues to crush Syria’s infrastructure, disrupting essential services like clean water, health care and education. The country has been struck by first polio outbreak in 14 years, and more than 2 million children are not in school. In Damascus and its outlying districts, power cuts and supply shortages are causing severe hardship for 600,000 people.

With winter’s arrival, temperatures in the region have plummeted. Children’s respiratory diseases have increased significantly as below-freezing temperatures take their toll. UNICEF is distributing blankets and installing heaters in refugee camps and providing children with badly needed warm winter clothes — jackets, boots, gloves and hats.

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