March 15, 2016 marked five years of conflict in Syria. The conflict, which started with an uprising against the President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, has now become a war involving the government, opposition groups and militant organizations.
Several organizations such as the UNICEF have published videos to mark the date. In a recent video, UNICEF Ambassadors and supporters including Mahmoud Kabil, Regional Ambassador for Middle East and North Africa, UNICEF have come together to remind that it has been a long time since the war has started and that all should come together to end it.
To help grasp the complete seriousness of the situation, the ambassadors and supporters compare the length of time to be enough to build one’s career, form a family or even get a university degree. The video’s most influential segment is when it states that these five years of war, loss, despair and pure violence is not fair on a 10-year old who has lived half his life in midst of a war and definitely not on a five-year old who has witnessed violence since her birth.
According to the Syrian Center for Policy Research and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, an estimated 470,000 people have died and over 1.9 million have been injured since the war has begun.