Live Another Day / For millions of women and children fleeing war in …

World Vision Germany e. V

Friedrichsdorf

June 20, 2022 is dedicated to all refugees worldwide – including the more than six million people in Syria who, 11 years after the start of the war, are still seeking protection from violence, some of whom live in overcrowded tent camps or in destroyed buildings in the country. Single mothers and young girls suffer especially from the consequences of the war. But conversations with them show: Despite the emergency, their courage in life is unbroken and they give each other hope. Inspired by the courage and strength they show, the British illustrator Paul Blow has partnered with the children’s organization World Vision to create nine fantastic animated illustrations with the theme ‘Live Another Day’.

The illustrated stories show that even in the harshest circumstances of this war zone, Syrian women and girls defy social norms and seek help. They are supported by experts from local World Vision partners: medically, psychologically or by accompanying them to solve problems. It is precisely through the discussions that many women can gain new self-confidence and gain courage for each subsequent day. So they fight every day for a better life – not only for themselves but also for others.

Worried become helpers

Women like Rahmeh * give hope: The 44-year-old used to work as a nurse, but the war destroyed her hometown. While the bombs fell outside, she completed her midwifery exam. After fleeing, she now offers her help in a displaced camp east of Idlib: “I do what makes me happy: I help pregnant women give birth to a healthy baby.”

It is not just medical care that is needed: in Syria, almost 15 percent of young women are married before their 18th birthday. Due to war and deportation and the consequent increased social pressure, this number tends to increase. Getting out of marriage is not easy – divorced women and widows have a hard time in society. This also affects Aisha *, who got married at the age of 14 but resisted fiercely and finally found the courage to leave her husband 20 days after the forced marriage. Today she is studying and wants to become a teacher. Her goal: to help girls who are in the same situation as her.

Cross-border help needed to keep dreams alive

Many of young Syrian women’s dreams are currently being jeopardized by seemingly insoluble political conflicts. “We appeal to the UN Security Council to extend cross-border humanitarian aid, which is due to expire in early July, by at least one year,” said Ekkehard Forberg, an expert in peacebuilding and conflict management at World Vision Germany.

The illustrations by British artist Paul Blow also illustrate how important support is, especially for the resilience of people who are particularly vulnerable. His animated drawings show the stories of Syrian women from a new perspective and reflect their statements with great expressive and symbolic power. The moving illustrations are available as GIFs and also as static images.

The stories for this work were collected as part of the Outreach Service: In northwestern Syria, the EU and World Vision have provided both protection and health care to displaced women, men and children since 2019. Commitments range from providing medical care to assisting hospitals and health facilities to to support people recovering from trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

For more information on Live Another Day and the World Vision Syria Response, visit https://www.wvi.org/stories/syria-crisis-response

You can find donation opportunities for refugee children here: https://www.worldvision.de/spender-fluechtlingskinder

* Names have been changed to protect people.

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