The Life of a Syrian Teenager

What is it like to be a Syrian teenager right now?

What is happening in Syria?

With the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic now in its third year, more than 3 million Syrians have been internally displaced. Over 1.6 million refugees have poured into neighboring countries; thousands continue to cross the border into Jordan every week. More than half of them are children whose lives have been shattered.

This is not their conflict, yet children are the ones to suffer. Their families are being torn apart; they are traumatized by what they have seen; some of them have been out of school for years; they feel alienated and out of place living in refugee camps or host communities; many are working on farms or selling tea on the streets to help their families make ends meet. A sense of normality is lost.

Why Syrians are fleeing their homes:

  1. Violence: Since the Syrian civil war began, 320,000 people have been killed, including nearly 12,000 children. About 1.5 million people have been wounded or permanently. The war has become more deadly since foreign powers joined to conflict.
  2. Collapsed infrastructure: Within Syria, healthcare, education systems, and other infrastructure have been destroyed. The economy is shattered.
  3. Children's safety: Syrian children are the nation's hope for a better future. They have lost loved ones, suffered from injuries, missed years of schooling, and witnessed violence and brutality. Warring parties forcibly recruit children to serve as fighters, human shields, and in support roles.
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Surveying Syrian Teens:

A survey was taken to try to find out about the life for Syrian teenagers. A charity managed to interview 120 teens, along with about 200 parents and local community figures. Even in relatively safe areas, some of the interviews had to be finished in the street after buildings were shelled, but the authors also spoke to teens in more dangerous places. These places were territories still changing between hands and opposition forces, or where the opposition has fully taken control. Some are often worse than the areas under siege.

How do Americans teens have it so easy compared to Syrian teens?

According to teenagers in America now, everything in life is rough, but they just don't what it's like to be over in Syria. American teenagers have everything a Syrian teenager could ask for including no wars, a loving family, and just to live the life that a teen should have. For an American teenager, the worst thing they have to do is wake up early for school, and for a Syrian teenager, their worst fear is not being able to wake up the next day. Each and every day is like this. Both teens just hope and wish that nothing bad will happen to them, but are the American teens just as "bad' as we think?

How Syrian teens describe their lives:

Many teens said that before the civil wars in Syria they also had everything they wanted just like American teens. One of the Syrian teens said, "My life in Syria was really very nice, very beautiful", but that all changed once the wars started. To read more about what teens truly have to say about their everyday life, click on one of the links below.

'This is our life' - Three Syrian girls tell us what life was like then, and now
Since the beginning of the conflict, Syrian children have been the forgotten victims of the horrific war. Today, over 7.5 million children are in need of assistance, including over 2 million Syrian children who have sought refuge in neighboring countries. We must save Syrian children.

How You Can Help

Syrian children, vulnerable girls and boys need you to support Save the Children. Syria continues to be one of the toughest places in the world to be a child. If we are to save Syria's children, we must help Syria - provide nutritious food for Syrian kids, support Syrian education in Syrian refugee camps and much more. Donate to Syrian refugees children's relief. This is not charity for Syria, it is an investment in a peaceful future for all of our children.

Personal Relection

In Syria this is happening because of the "bad" people there, and to stop this the children can't really do anything. They have no power over the adults. If I was a Syrian teen, I would also be scared because I didn't do anything to cause this war, and this war is mainly affecting me. When I didn't do anyone it's hard for me to know how to fix the problem. It'd be hard to know what to do and how to help. So I agree with the rest of the children of Syria. I would want to get people's attention and to get all of the help that was humanly possible to not only save me, but the rest of the children too.