By placing a thin dressed boy outside in the cold at a bus stop in Oslo, SOS Children’s Villages hoped to create consciousness about the conflict in Syria.
More than 6.5 million people have been displaced inside Syria as a result of the civil war that has now raged for almost three years. Over two million have fled to neighboring countries such as Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. SOS Children’s Villages has therefore created action network SOS Mayday where people are encouraged to help displaced children in Syria.
– The situation for children is quite cruel. We believe therefore that Norwegians are willing to help. The money goes to the warm clothes and mattresses for children inside Syria, said Chief of SOS Children’s Villages, Synne Rønning.
Winter in Syria can be severe, with temperatures below freezing, snow and biting wind. Many of the refugees have left their homes without winter clothing. That was why SOS Children’s Villages would check how many Norwegians who were willing to help a shivering Norwegian boy at a bus stop in a winter cold Norway. The video was recorded with a hidden camera. There were only three that did not give the child his/her jacket»
The touching video has received considerable attention after the publication, and is now spreading like wildfire on social media.
– There were so many nice people. We filmed for two days, and I thought maybe three or four of them would give the child their jacket. But there were many more who did it. Many more than those who is seen in the video, says eleven year old to Osloby.no.
Want to help children in Syria, so it can be done this way:
- SOS Children’s Villages: Send SOS to 2166 (90 NOK)
- UNICEF: UNICEF Send to 2160 (200 NOK)
- NRC: Send HÅP to 2454 (250 NOK)
- Save the Children: Send SYRIA to 2434 (80 NOK)
- Red Cross: Send SYRIA to 2272 (200 NOK)