Life, Simply Led

If Britain Were Syria

Tomorrow, 15th March 2014, marks THREE YEARS of conflict in Syria. THREE YEARS of lost childhoods.

My eldest was 14 when it started, he’s now 17 and about to sit his A Levels before leaving for Uni, I’m proud as proud and my heart is aching

T and R

My Second Born was 13 when it started, he’s now 16 and about to sit his GCSEs, he’s one of the kindest people I know, he’d do anything to help, he makes me laugh, he knows when I need a hug

O for Syria

My daughter was 11 when it started, she’s now 14, she dances and sings through life, she’s on the cusp of womanhood, she’s my friend, she drives me mad, I love her company, she has a heart of gold


My Bonus Boy was 5 when it started, he’s now 8 and his legs are long, he’s sensitive and thoughtful and full of joy, he makes our family complete

R for Syria

Just because it’s not happening here doesn’t mean it’s not happening. Three years ago the parents of children in Syria thought things would just carry on carrying on. They didn’t.

Join me, Save the Children and people all around the world as we stand vigil for Syria. Let those parents and children know we have not forgotten them, that we care.

How Can You Help?

Donate your social media profile, join the vigil for Syria


Make a donation to help Save the Children carry on helping the children of Syria as we would wish people to help us.

Share the Second a Day video – it’s shocking – it hammers the message home – it makes people sit up and take notice in a world where we are losing our humanity. Please. As I write this the video has been seen 25,841,193 times, it has gone totally, magnificently viral, it is making people stop and see.

We see you parents and children of Syria, we care.

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  1. Oh Chris, this gave me goosebumps reading this. Seeing your children and the explanations puts it into even further perspective. That video makes so much impact x
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    • I may still be in tears Victoria. I’m driving my eldest to look at another university tomorrow and it makes me stop and think – what if? I would expect the world to notice and help if it happened here, I can’t understand how people can turn away from Syria amd its children.

  2. What a powerful statement that is – just because it isn’t happening here, does not mean it isn’t happening. Life is so very sad. Thanks Chris. Mich x
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    • Thanks Mich xxx

  3. Oh Chris, a choked back sob and goosebumps. There but for the grace of the country we live in, that could be us. Those poor children and families. Shared.
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    • Thank you so much, you are a star xxx

  4. The video is perfect. It is shocking how this could happen to any of us, and is happening to people just like us.
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  5. That video is really hard hitting, its crazy how it could happen to anybody.
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  6. After watching that video for the first time, I’ve been having recurring nightmares of the UK being at war and how we’d cope as a family. It made it’s point. It brought it home, as did your post.
    Shared the video and your post Chris.

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  7. The video is shocking but because Syria is only a fleeting mention on the news now, people are forgotten.Children are forgotten.
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  8. Here is Israel the situation in Syria is very much in the news. Apart from monitoring the situation because it is on our border and we need to be aware of defense issues, Israel has also set up a field hospital on the border to treat Syrian casualties. Syrian children are also treated in our northern hospitals. I ca’t believe it’s been three years and the world just stands by.
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  9. Very important and moving post, which I am going to share. And exceptional video. We can all relate, I think.

  10. Done. My two eldest are at the same stages as your elder two. Their lives are exciting and a world of possibilities opening up before them.
    When I visited Syria well before the conflict I couldn’t have had a warmer welcome from lovely people who just want to live their lives in peace.
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  11. That is a gorgeous post, really beautifully put. People never seem to think about what ‘refugee’ really means…. :)
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