As the devastating war in Syria enters its seventh year today, War Child, the charity for children affected by conflict, has enlisted impassioned support from a host of famous faces who are raising awareness by standing with charity to say ‘Enough is Enough’ in a new video released today.
The haunting video to support War Child’s new ‘Enough is Enough’ campaign sees a star-studded cast of musicians, actors and comedians reading aloud the story of 17-year-old Syrian girl, Fatima, as she describes the horror of being forced to escape Syria.
Fatima and her family were forced to flee their home when conflict broke out in Syria, and she now lives as a refugee in Jordan. Fatima describes the trauma that her family has been forced to endure, losing their homes, livelihoods, and Fatima’s brother, who was killed in the conflict.
The video features appearances from War Child Global Ambassador, Carey Mulligan, BAFTA-winning actor, Jude Law, BRIT award-winning musicians, Marcus Mumford of Mumford and Sons and Sam Smith, mega-star Nicole Scherzinger, singer-songwriter James Bay and comedian Michael McIntyre.
Each of the supporters who features in the video makes an emotional plea demanding an end to the conflict, stating emphatically that ‘Enough is Enough.’
The video release coincides with the launch of a new report from War Child: ‘Six Years on – A War on Syria’s Children’. The reports outlines that since the conflict in Syria began on 15th March 2011, over 400,000 people have been killed including up to 55,000 children – that’s one child for each hour the war has raged and enough for each child to take a seat and fill Manchester City’s stadium to capacity*.
As almost one million Syrians and an estimated 400,000 children are today under siege in the conflict, War Child warns that the death toll will continue to rise unless action is taken by the international community to bring the conflict to an end, and get humanitarian aid to those who need it.
Carey Mulligan, War Child UK Global Ambassador, said: “I met Fatima when I visited Jordan to see War Child’s incredible work with Syrian refugees. She’s an inspirational and intelligent young woman, full of passion and honesty, and had the courage to talk about her experience of the war in Syria and what she had witnessed – something no young girl should have to go through.
I’m so honoured to play my role in helping to share her story, which – while it’s unique to her – is tragically similar to the stories of thousands of Syrian children. Throughout this horrendous war children have suffered on an astronomical scale and continue to do so. They are dying in Syria and being neglected by the world in refugee camps. It’s time to say enough is enough.”
Rob Williams, CEO of War Child, said: “No child has ever started a war, yet Syria’s children are the innocent victims in this conflict, caught up in violence that has engulfed their lives for six years now.”
“The war in Syria is a war on children – schools and hospitals are being targeted, boys and girls are being killed by the hour, while the international community stands on the sidelines.
“We’re really grateful for the fantastic support we have from Carey as our global ambassador, and I would like to thank all the other artists, actors and musicians who have got involved to lend their time to our campaign. The situation for children like Fatima is unimaginable.
“Enough is enough – the international community must work together to immediately stop attacks on children and end this horrific conflict, and the UK government must do everything it can to protect Syrian children caught up in this brutal war.”