Save the Children ‘Second a Day’ ad is shocking, until you see a real Syrian child refugee

A fundraising campaign by the relief organization Save the Children includes this striking video depicting a crisis like the one in Syria happening in England in an effort to raise money for Syrian child refugees.

A viral video ad by the NGO Save the Children UK depicts a young girl enduring similar circumstances to those faced by children in war-torn Syria. (Save the Children UK)

The video tells the story of a year in the life of a typical English girl in a series of one-second "days," a format popularized by parents filming their children in videos like this one. But this year brings conflict, war, famine and flight to a family much like the ones Save the Children is targeting in its fundraising pitch.

The video has amassed more than 4.7 million YouTube views and generated buzz across the Web for its cause.

If the video seems overly dramatized, it's worth revisiting the story of actual 7-year-old Dania Amroosh, who was maimed last year when a bomb struck her Aleppo home.

(Linda Davidson, The Wahington Post)
Dania Amroosh shows her shrapnel wounds. (Linda Davidson, The Wahington Post)

Amroosh and her family fled to Turkey, joining at least 2.3 million people forced to flee Syria since its civil war began in 2011. She was among 18 Syrian refugees profiled here by The Washington Post's Linda Davidson and Kevin Sullivan.

Natalie Jennings is a Web producer for PostTV.



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