A dad living in a war-stricken area of Syria has gone viral after he filmed his 3-year-old daughter laughing at the sound of nearby exploding bombs.
The footage, which has been quick to go viral, demonstrates the heartbreaking reality of the life people in Syria are being forced to endure, and the devastating effects it will have on all the children involved.
Keep scrolling for the full story, and to watch the harrowing video for yourself.
Syria is in the midst of a civil war.
via: GettyFor the last 8 years, the Middle Eastern country has been enthralled in a brutal war as different groups attempt to take control.
But how did all this conflict begin?
via: GettyTo put a long story short... Before the war began, many Syrians were unhappy with the leadership of their President, Bashar al-Assad.
The protests started out as peaceful...
via: GettyBut the government's retaliation was quick to turn violent, with protestors being gunned down at their own demonstrations.
Many called for President Bashar al-Assad to resign...
via: GettyBut he refused, which only escalated tensions further.
And there were still Syrians who supported Bashar al-Assad...
via: GettySo, subsequently, they began fighting with those who didn't, thus resulting in the outbreak of the civil war.
The violence was quick to escalate...
via: GettyAnd things only got worse when the notorious terror group, the so-called Islamic State (IS), joined rebel fighters in the battle against Bashar al-Assad.
And now, fast forward 8 years...
via: GettyThe country, which was once so beautiful and peaceful, has been left completely unrecognizable.
Buildings lay in complete ruins...
via: GettyAnd debris, bodies, and military personnel now litter the streets where civilians once so happily lived.
And, heartbreakingly so...
via: GettyIt is these civilians who are suffering the most.
Hundreds of thousands of innocent people have been forced to live amongst the horrifying violence of the war.
via: GettyStatistics show that, currently, nearly twelve million people in the country need humanitarian assistance.
And, as a result of this destruction...
via: GettyMany Syrians have no choice but to live in total squalor in refugee camps.
And many of these are children.
via: GettyOne of the more heartbreaking realities of this war is that there are millions of children living amongst the violence.
Many of Syria's children have had their childhoods stolen.
via: GettySave The Children have reported that at least 2.5 million children have had to flee their homes and are now internally displaced, living in terrible conditions with no access to basic healthcare and education.
The lives in which these children lead are completely unimaginable.
via: GettyRaining bombs and gunfire from warplanes and military tanks are simply a part of daily life for these children now. We can't even begin to comprehend the terror these children experience on a day-t0-day basis.
But one parent has seemingly found some sort of solution.
via: GettyAbdullah Al-Mohammad and his 3-year-old daughter, Salwa, went viral on Twitter this week after he filmed his method of comforting Salwa during explosions.
The family was forced to flee their home in Saraqib as a result of the war...
via: GettyAnd are now living at a friend's house in a town called Sarmada, where they are still surrounded by consistent gunfire and exploding bombs.
It's a dire situation for them all.
via: GettyBut, determined to protect Salwa from the "psychological crisis" that he has seen other children in the community suffer through, Abdullah came up with an inventive way of keeping her spirits high.
He decided to turn the sound of gunfire and explosions into a "game".
via: Getty"I decided to teach Salwa this game to prevent her psychological state from collapsing." Mr. Al-Mohammad told Sky News. Every time a bomb explodes, he pretends that it is a firework or a toy gun, and they then celebrate the noise together.
He explained that he and his wife wanted to turn the terrifying noises into "a source of happiness" for Salwa.
via: GettyBecause why should she be traumatized in such a way? "She is a child who does not understand war." Her emotional dad explained.
Abdullah filmed himself and Salwa while playing the "game"...
via: TwitterAnd his daughter can be seen sat next to him as he asks her: "Is that an airplane or a shell?"
Salwa guesses "a shell"...
via: TwitterAnd the pair sit and listen for the explosion together, while Abdullah tells her: "We're going to laugh when it drops."
And, when the bomb finally explodes...
via: TwitterSalwa bursts into fits of laughter, while her dad asks her: "It's very funny, right?"
Salwa continues to dissolve into giggles with each explosion...
via: TwitterIt's truly a bittersweet watch.
You can see the full video here.
This Syrian father has turned the sound of bombs into a game to comfort his daughter https://t.co/idW2T4Dq2g— The Independent (@The Independent)1582044436.0
We can only hope that, after a grueling 9 years, the situation in Syria will soon improve.
via: GettyAnd give beautiful family's like Abdullah's the peace they truly deserve. Speaking to Al Jazeera, he emotionally explained, "I want the world to know: We're not terrorists as the regime paints us out to be."