Straight Outta Syria – Refugee kids use rap to tell their story

“We used to run when we were crossing the street so they (Snipers) wouldn’t hit us.” These are the words of Abdulrahman, aged 12, describing his everyday life in war-torn Syria.

I can’t imagine just how frightening it must be living in certain parts of Syria. Imagine trying to go to sleep when the danger of bombs dropping overhead or even soldiers forcing down your door at any moment.

For kids it must be hellish. Their childhoods have to be put on hold as they learn to adapt to a vicious war with all sides often using barbaric tactics to win each scrap of land.

Well in this video called Straight Outta Syria we get to meet three ambitious young brothers who have used the medium of rap to relate their story to their friends and to the world. They were evacuated to Lebanon four years ago and they have been lucky enough to re-establish some kind of normal life and even get back to school.

The video shows you just how important the simple act of going to school is for a child. It can literally transform their lives and allow their natural talents and ambitions to rise to the surface.

Straight Outta Syria: is a new film, commissioned by Theirworld in partnership with Sonbola and produced by Silverfish Productions, calls on the international community to support the ‘Hope for Syria’s Young Talent’ petition – ensuring one million Syrian refugee children secure an education this year.

For more information and to sign the petition yourself go to www.aworldatschool.org

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