Save the Children Makes Sequel to Famous Refugee Crisis Video Highlighting Trauma for Kids
Viral| | By Lauren Boudreau
About two years ago, the charity Save the Children released what became one of the most famous and talked about campaigns for the Syrian crisis ever. It was called “The Most Shocking Second a Day” and featured a young British girl as her life changed from normal to that of a refugee fleeing a war-torn nation.
The original video received over 50 million views and was praised for its realistic and emotional portrayal of the refugee crisis.
Now, we get to catch up with the fictional girl in the video – 11-year-old Lily – as we see where circumstance takes her and her family, but the charity wants you to know that this isn’t fiction. It’s happening right here, right now, with 50 percent of Syria’s population currently displaced. The PSA follows Lily as she travels from London through the Mediterranean, like so many refugees do now.
Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children, said in a press release:
“This video captures the terrible experiences of thousands of children every day, many undertaking horrific journeys that no one should ever have to endure. We wanted to bring home the reality of what it’s like for those children, to capture the public’s attention.”
According to the U.N. Refugee Agency, children account for 36 percent of “those on the move” and this year more than 340 children drowned crossing the Mediterranean Sea.
“This is a generation of children who have lost everything- their home, their education, their family and in some cases their lives. Save the Children is calling for more support for children fleeing these conflict zones. We want a new deal for refugees, to ensure every child gets an education, protection and a fair start in life.”
Watch the harrowing video below.
In case you missed the first one, watch it below.