Saturday Spotlight: Syria

I was going to focus on an individual charity for my first Saturday Spotlight, but having seen some images on Facebook this week I changed my mind and am focusing on a general appeal.


If you haven’t heard about Syria, or even realise how bad things are, then frankly where on earth have you been?

Now I am not going to give you a history lesson about what is happening there, hit google and you will find plenty of information. But in brief, there is a civil war happening there at the moment. People are dying, innocent chlidren are dying. And with the snow beginning, the situation is just getting worse for the people.

Syria Refugee Camp

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Now the image I saw, and is still with me right now and throughout my days since then, is an image of a child literally frozen to death. It was in fact a video, which I just couldn’t watch.

As soon as I saw just the image, at 11pm at night, my heart broke and I couldn’t sleep. I just wanted to get Bee out of her cot and hold her close to me. Feeling helpless, I immediately donated a winter pack.

The pain of the childs’ parents (if indeed they are alive) does not bear thinking of. The suffering the poor child went through before he was released from the torment of feeling so cold and probably hungry,  is unthinkable.

For those in the UK, remember the moaning when it starts snowing?

Well at least we can enter the warmth of our homes and stick the heating on, or wrap up warm.

These people are living in tents.

In snow.

Where temperatures are lower than the UK.

Imagine not even being able to do the simple thing of protecting, feeding and keeping your child warm, and then realising they have literally frozen to death. I was going to add the video here but thought it may be too distressing for some. It is available on YouTube if you search for frozen child in Syria.

Please do consider donating to Syria. There are various charities that are working to get aid through to the most needy. There are many current appeals to help with winter packs. A blanket just costs £6 with some charities. Make donations of clothes, there are many collections happening over the UK.

If anyone would like to join forces with me to try to brainstorm some ideas on how to raise some money for Syria then please do contact me.

Saturday Spotlight



  1. December 14, 2013 / 5:34 pm

    I wouldn’t be able to watch the video either and I’m the same as you, every time I see these poor children it makes me want to hug mine more.
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  2. December 14, 2013 / 7:23 pm

    Oh, it is so heartbreaking. My little girl has a condition where she cannot regulate her body tempertaure and we are forever keeping her wrapped up and warm and i worry and worry about her. I cannot imagine how these poor children are feeling. It’s so so sad x

    • December 15, 2013 / 8:08 am

      I didn’t realise either but read someone else had written it….I thought their winters were milder…but looking at the forecasts it appears that although the temps during the day are 8/9 degrees at night they are already into the minuses.

  3. December 15, 2013 / 9:55 am

    Such a sad situation. I can’t even imagine as I sit bundled up in dressing gown and warm clothes with the heating on in a mild winter.
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  4. December 15, 2013 / 10:53 am

    I saw this on the news and couldn’t believe that there was now snow and things are desperately worse and yet the newspapers are still all full of xfactor nonsense. Sad sign of the times 🙁 x

  5. Louisa
    December 15, 2013 / 3:25 pm

    Those poor people are in my prayers. It really makes you count your blessings.

  6. Marie-Aimée Kléber
    December 16, 2013 / 4:37 pm

    This is just horrible Foz. Thinking kids around the world are suffering so much makes me sad, because there is money but it’s rarely spent on people.
    Thank you for sharing this with us. May we all help others. Even a small donation can make such a beautiful difference.

  7. Salma
    December 16, 2013 / 5:56 pm

    I was also shaken by this. In Ramadan we challenged the kids to raise $ and they did. I feel there is never enough that we can do, but I guess start local and go from there?

  8. December 18, 2013 / 2:48 pm

    It’s so saddening to think of all that is happening there and those who are suffering, especially the children. I will definitley donate to syria and encourage others too, it is a desperate cause at the moment 🙁

  9. December 19, 2013 / 3:47 am

    So heartbreaking sis. I quit reading your post half way… Many a times, how badly we fail to realize the depth of blessings we’re in! I go mad if I try to imagine myself in the place of those moms. May Allah shower His Mercy upon them. Thanks for reminding about the cause…
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  10. December 28, 2013 / 7:41 pm

    I saw the photo of the frozen child – it is heart braking!

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