Guest Post: Lynn Croneberge, Chief Executive Officer of SOS Children’s Villages-USA
When I think about Syria, I’m overcome with emotion remembering the countless stories of children affected by the country’s ongoing conflict. It is truly a tragedy.
I often think of Wael, a 9-year-old boy, who was shot in the face by a sniper while he stood outside on a balcony with his mother. Although he survived, he now has to endure countless surgeries to help with the reconstruction of his facial features.
I also think of the horrific attack that left Hala, a 9-year-old girl, wandering the streets crying, terrified and covered in blood. She was injured and had just witnessed the death of her mother after a mortar fell on their home. Today, Hala is in a hospital coping with the psychological trauma that comes with witnessing the brutality of war.
Heartbreaking stories like these are all too common in Syria.