Syrian Kids- This really hurts me

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Syrian kids in a time of war

This article which appears in tomorrow's New York Times really hurts me.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/10/world/middleeast/report-cites-devastating-toll-on-health-of-syrias-children.html?hp

In certain parts of the world today, such as in Syria, or the Central African Republic, it is heartbreaking to think of what has happened and is happening to kids right now. Kids have no escape from this.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/23/opinion/syria-million-child-refugees-mercy-corps/

In other parts of the world, such as the more well-to-do Americans, there is concern about the kinds of pills kids can take so that they can behave well in class (which I suspect is often because the parents haven't done their duty AS PARENTS in the first place).

To me, with the information explosion that has happened - especially because of the internet - I simply don't know how to put this all together.

I do not think the way is to avoid what's happening in the rest of the world. To be frank, it happens here, too - gun shootings, for instance, and not just in poor neighborhoods. A brother shooting a brother, or his best friend. Kids carrying guns to school, thinking that they have no one who will care about them anymore. Parents on drugs, or working two jobs with no time left for their kids.

It is clear to me that, in many cases, a sense of community which was once there is now gone.

How do we make sense of all this? How can we help each other in a better way? Can you name things that you are doing to make a difference, and not just in your own family?

Tagged: kids, parents trauma, Syria, Central African Republic

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