Escaping Syria with a Knapsack and a Puppy
Aslan Al Hakim with Rose his puppy

In the midst of one of the most horrific human tragedies – appears a heartwarming story about a 17-year-old boy and his puppy. Aslan Al Hakim was insistent on taking his puppy, Rose, on the 500 kilometer journey out of Damascus, Syria. The Syrian Refugees are escaping Syria while leaving everything behind in a search for safety and a new home. Men, women and children are able to carry only what they can fit in their hands and strapped to their back. Aslan was willing to sacrifice his personal belongings for the safety of Rose.

“We have everything we need to survive. We have food and water,” Aslan said in a United Nations video. “I love my dog. I need her.”

At one point they were refused passage through the Mediterranean, so he made his puppy a passport. Aslan and Rose are the lucky ones – they made the long trek to Greece and a new life awaits them.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees shared a video to spotlight the more positive side of humanity in a crisis that has devastated families and impacted tens of thousands across the region.

The brink of an idea! The Syrian people deserve better. Towns, Cities and communities have been obliterated. Families have been separated. People have been tortured and murdered by the tens of thousands by both their government and terrorist groups. Yet in spite of all of this – the Syrian people are incredibly spirited and hopeful.

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More than 300,000 people have been killed and 13.5 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance inside Syria. It’s difficult to fathom the fact that more than half of the entire population in Syria have been displaced, and more like 80% have been impacted in some way by the tragic events taking place.

What is currently taking place in Syria is nothing short of a HUMAN TRAGEDY and a current day GENOCIDE, and yet the world looks the other way AGAIN. The answer is not to stand by in neutral and do nothing. Nor is the displacement of these people and the division of refugees amongst countries worldwide – a solution to the salvation and preservation of the Syrian people. The world missed an opportunity to preserve the Syrian culture and the people of Syria will never be the same again!

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Syria crisis: Fast facts

• 13.5 million people in Syria need humanitarian assistance due to a violent civil war.
• 4.6 million Syrians are refugees, and 6.6 million are displaced within Syria; half are children.
• Children affected by the Syrian conflict are at risk of becoming ill, malnourished, abused, or exploited. Millions have been forced to quit school. See new photo slideshow.
• Most Syrian refugees remain in the Middle East, in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt; about 10 percent of the refugees have fled to Europe.
• A fragile ceasefire began on Feb. 26, allowing humanitarian aid access to civilians who had been cut off for months.

Why are Syrians fleeing their homes?

• Violence: Since the Syrian civil war began, 320,000 people have been killed, including nearly 12,000 children. About 1.5 million people have been wounded or permanently disabled, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.4 The war has become more deadly since foreign powers joined the conflict.
• Collapsed infrastructure: Within Syria, healthcare, education systems, and other infrastructure have been destroyed; the economy is shattered.
• Children’s safety: Syrian children — the nation’s hope for a better future — have lost loved ones, suffered injuries, missed years of schooling, and witnessed unspeakable violence and brutality. Warring parties forcibly recruit children to serve as fighters, human shields, and in support roles, according to the U.S. State Department.

What are the refugees’ greatest needs?

• Syrians fleeing conflict need all the basics to sustain their lives: food, clothing, health assistance, shelter, and household and hygiene items.
• They need reliable supplies of clean water, as well as sanitation facilities.
• Children need a safe environment and a chance to play and go to school.
• Adults need employment options in case of long-term displacement.
• Prayer: Learn how you can pray for Syrian refugees. Join with others as we #PrayForRefugees.
• Compassion: Read this article in Christianity Today by World Vision President, Rich Stearns about treating refugees with the compassion of Christ.

From the World Vision: Syria refugee crisis FAQ

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