Save the children By Francesca Andreoli

About 13.5 million people in Syria need humanitarian assistance due to a violent civil war. 4.8 million Syrians are refugees, and 6.5 million are displaced within Syria; half of those affected are children, 8.4 million children to be exact.

Children affected by the Syrian conflict are at risk of becoming ill, malnourished, abused, or exploited. These poor children are not only being displaced from their homes, but they're being displaced by the millions, having their education taken from them.

These children's well being are being jeopardized, even before they were born. This crisis has affected thousands of families leaving them without a home, many family members have been lost due to violence, they suffer from physical and psychological trauma, as well as the children not being having resources for a proper checkup.

These children not only have to process what's happening in their country, but they must also go through the trauma of escaping it into unknown territory. Their suffering does not even end there, the children are at high risk of catching diseases, and are susceptible to malnutrition.

As a country that is extremely privileged, we have the resources to better the lives of these children. Such as, giving them the medical attention these kids deserve. After we're born, we get whisked away from our parents by nurses for an initial checkup, and before this our mothers have tons of ultrasounds, to keep track of our development. We get looked at for normal body functions, we get our measurements taken, our ears checked, and our blood tested. These Syrian refugees go from a war torn country, to refugee camps where they have very limited access to parental care, and are having babies at extremely high risks.

These children are born into a country that isn't theirs, in houses that aren't actually houses, but apparently we're doing everything we can do. By 2015 we had given $1.1 million dollars to the cause. A majority of that money had gone to addressing humanitarian needs of refugees, also aiming to provide the resources needed to build the resilience and capacity of impacted neighboring host countries in the region. Still, these children are forced to live in tents, with little to no medical attention.

The lives of these Syrian refugees haven't been anything but ideal, and the fact that some are pregnant, or traveling with young children, it baffles me that we aren't trying to help these people in such an unfortunate situation. We may send money but our money is going for other life necessities, such as mediocre tents, food, blankets and pillows, some medical supplies. The US is second in most skilled doctors, second to Germany, yet we can't send a few of those skilled doctors or some equipment no longer used in hospitals to help treat these young children and mothers to be?

It's stories like Suad Iessa, a women who was 8 months pregnant, about to have her very first ultrasound. The 26 year old mother to be would've had many more ultrasounds, if she was in a "stable" environment back in Syria, but she spent the frost 6 months of her pregnancy on the run from the war torn country. The last three moths of her pregnancy she spent at a refugee camp with little to no parental care. When a mother to be goes in for her first ultrasound it's supposed to be an exciting, and at the same time terrifying moment, little did Suad know that she was about to her some of the worst news possible at nine months pregnant. Suads placenta was on her bladder, if she didn't have an emergency cesarean section the futures looked bleak for both Suad and baby. After the surgery both mother and baby were fine, but due to the surgery Suad would never have another baby of her own. We must put a stop to this, lives of mothers and children are at stake because they don't have the correct medical attention they need. So the next time you're pregnancy test comes back positive, or you go to your very first ultrasound, or are holding your beautiful baby in your arms, you should feel bless you live in a country not in a civil war.

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