Syria’s war – now well into its fourth year and with no end in sight– is having a devastating impact on the lives of the country’s children. Tens of thousands have been killed or wounded. Many children are learning to hate. Many more are deeply traumatised.
With unique access across the conflict’s frontlines, BBC Chief International Correspondent Lyse Doucet follows the lives of six children over six months. Three boys and three girls aged from 8 to 14 years old share their different stories, giving a chilling insight into the impact of the war on them, and helping explain how the conflict will affect their country’s future.
Two children have taken sides in the conflict, three have been displaced by fighting, and another is struggling to come to terms with a severe, life transforming injury. Some violently disagree about what future they want for Syria and are prepared to fight for it. Most just hope the conflict will end and would like to try to regain what’s left of their childhood.
Filmed in Damascus, Homs and amongst the refugee community in Turkey, the stories of these six children offer an intimate and powerful insight into a country that is being torn apart. Syria’s war is a war on childhood, and the lives of its children will shape the country’s future for decades to come.
Saturday 2nd August at 7.10pm AEST
Sunday 3rd August at 7.10am and 12.10pm AEST on BBC World News