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MONDAY IN SYRIA: 👉Today was the deadliest day since the UN voted for a ceasefire in Ghouta on Feb 24. 👉89 children and parents, families died 👉770 dead from Feb 18-27. 👉4050 are badly injured. (Source: Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) 👉NEW VIDEO (given to me): This is video from Syrian American Medical Society- SAMS of a chemical attack in #Ghouta on Feb. 25th, the day after the UN voted for a ceasefire between Russian/Syrian forces and rebels. 👉Syria Civil Defence - The White Helmets report ANOTHER chemical attack TODAY. SAMS doctors say 6 children, 4 women, 2 men had symptoms of suffocation. 👉This is the EIGHTH (8th) chemical attack this year. We are 12 weeks into 2018. 👉International Red Cross/Red Crescent and World Health Organization say: 👉humanitarian workers took 46 convoys of food and medical supplies into #Ghouta today 👉70% of medical supplies, including trauma kits and surgical items were removed from the convoy by armed government forces. 👉United Nations workers delivered as much aid as they could in nine hours, while missiles and bombs dropped, before they were forced to leave. 👉15 out of 20 Doctors Without Borders hospitals in #Ghouta have been destroyed and damaged, by bombs, missiles and gunfire. A worker with the International Committee of the Red Cross said this today: “It’s with a heavy heart that our team leave #EasternGhouta. The people we’ve met here have been through unimaginable things. They looked exhausted. And the aid we've delivered today is by no means enough. We’ll do everything we can to come back with more food, more supplies.” The bombing continues tonight in #EastGhouta.

Dreams of a Syrian child die every day the sun comes up in the Bekaa Valley, on Syria’s border with Lebanon.

This 11 -year-old boy doesn’t have the luxury of dreaming.

His father was able to bring him, his mother, and his siblings to escape the violence in Syria, ...
but when dad went back to move the rest of the family’s things, a missile hit the family home and buried his father alive.

The boy is now working at a car shop,
doing manual labor,
so he and his family can eat
and pay rent in a refugee camp.

He came to the Syrian American Medical Society- SAMS clinic in the Bekaa Valley because he has wax in his ears and he’s losing his hearing.

He is one of almost 200,000 children in Lebanon forced into child labor.

Children as young as 5-years old are using dangerous machinery in factories, and working in fields under the hot Middle East sun. UNICEF says they become victims of beatings and abuse by their bosses.

Children are cheap labor. And they can’t fight back.
Refugee children in Lebanon work 12 hours a day, every day. They make $2 to $6 a day on average. Only 50 cents an hour an hour.

The owner of Smart Phones Mobile and Accessories in a Zgharta, Lebanon says he pays a 10-year-old Syrian child $19 a week to sell lottery tickets and run errands. He’d have to pay an adult upto $400 to do the same job.

The children who work often have physical wounds that hide the emotional scars from seeing loved ones shot, killed, blown to bits.

Abed Al Allah was 6 years old when an Airstrike killed his three cousins after an airstrike. He helped load the bodies into a car, dig a grave, and bury them.

UNICEF says half a million of the million or so Syrian refugees are children are not getting any emotional help. They live with their piercing pain, their insidious traumas and invasive thoughts.

Child labor is illegal in Lebanon, but the law is not enforced. Syrian parents don’t feel like they have a choice but to send their kids to work.

Lebanese law doesn’t allow Syrians to work in low paying jobs because they don’t want foreigners to take away jobs from Lebanese citizens. Lebanese shop owners say they can’t find Lebanese people to take those jobs.

Another day of work comes and goes on this border from the children of war.
They often feel only darkness,
no light at the end of the tunnel.

Syrian American Medical Society- SAMS
Lindsey L Smith

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