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Hard-hitting video shows the terrifying journey child refugees make every day

What would life be like for you, or your siblings or children, if war erupted and you were forced to flee your home?

Save the Children’s new video, a sequel to the viral Most Shocking Second A Day, centres around the young girl from the UK caught in the middle of war we last left in a tent blowing out a birthday cake.

Using just seconds of footage for each day we follow the girl, played by 13-year-old Lily Rose Aslandogdu, as she makes the terrifying journey from her home, leaving behind everything she knows – just like the millions displaced by the civil war in Syria are doing right now.

Over 325,000 children have now crossed the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas, Save the Children say, risking their lives in over-crowded boats, to reach safe land. But an estimated 340 children have drowned since September – an average of two children each day.

“Lily’s journey is like those of hundreds of thousands of other child refugees searching for a better life,” says Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children.

“This is a generation of children who have lost everything – their home, their education, their family and in some cases their lives. Save the Children is calling for more support for children fleeing these conflict zones. We want a new deal for refugees, to ensure every child gets an education, protection and a fair start in life.

“Unless the international community provides safe and legal routes to families fleeing war and persecution, children will continue to undertake dangerous journeys in search of safety.”

You can donate to Save the Children here.

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