The 3-years-old Syrian girl became famous in a viral video in which her father pretended that the bombings were a game so that she wouldn’t be scared. Now she can start a new life in Turkey.
Salwa, the 3-year-old Syrian girl who became famous all over the world after she learned to laugh at the bombs because her father made her believe that the bombings of the Syrian regime were just a game, is already safe in Turkey, where she arrived on Tuesday from Idlib, the last stronghold of Syrian rebels and where Assad’s offensive threatens to unleash a humanitarian catastrophe.
Salwa’s video with his father, who to protect his daughter from war taught him to laugh every time she heard the noise of a bombing, went viral around the world a few days ago and taught an incredible way to deal with the brutality and the terror of the war in Syria through the innocence of a girl.
Yesterday, Salwa and his father Abdullah Mohamad finally left Syria and entered the Turkish province of Hatay to start a new life in which his daughter can truly play, safe and sound, without resorting to deception to hide the horrors of war. Speaking to Turkish media, Mohamad was very happy and wanted to thank the Turkish people and their government for the support they have always given to the Syrian people.
“Now, my daughter will be able to go to school. I hope the war in Syria can end soon, and be able to return,” said Mohamad, who explained that he published the famous video that went viral worldwide so that the international community knew what 3 million Syrians face each day in the province of Idlib.
The UN investigates war crimes in Syria
According to the UN, some 900,000 people have had to flee the brutal offensive launched on Idlib in recent months by the Bashar al-Assad regime with the support of their Iranian and Russian allies, which under the pretext of attacking terrorist groups in the the area intends to take the last great stronghold of the rebels fighting the Damascus government: an action that threatens to unleash the greatest humanitarian catastrophe since the beginning of the conflict.
This week Rupert Colville, spokesman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the UN is investigating the existence of war crimes in Syria, where repeated attacks on civilians and civil and health infrastructure cannot be a mere “accident”, especially when more than 70 hospitals have been bombed in recent months.
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