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.
For the last 8 years, the Middle Eastern country has been enthralled in a brutal war as different groups attempt to take control.
To put a long story short… Before the war began, many Syrians were unhappy with the leadership of their President, Bashar al-Assad.
But the government’s retaliation was quick to turn violent, with protestors being gunned down at their own demonstrations.
But he refused, which only escalated tensions further.
So, subsequently, they began fighting with those who didn’t, thus resulting in the outbreak of the civil war.
And 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.
The country, which was once so beautiful and peaceful, has been left completely unrecognizable.
And debris, bodies, and military personnel now litter the streets where civilians once so happily lived.
It is these civilians who are suffering the most.
Statistics show that, currently, nearly twelve million people in the country need humanitarian assistance.
Many Syrians have no choice but to live in total squalor in refugee camps.
One of the more heartbreaking realities of this war is that there are millions of children living amongst the violence.
Save 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.
Raining 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.
Abdullah 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.
And are now living at a friend’s house in a town called Sarmada, where they are still surrounded by consistent gunfire and exploding bombs.
But, 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.
“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.
Because why should she be traumatized in such a way?
“She is a child who does not understand war.” Her emotional dad explained.
And his daughter can be seen sat next to him as he asks her:
“Is that an airplane or a shell?”
And the pair sit and listen for the explosion together, while Abdullah tells her:
“We’re going to laugh when it drops.”
Salwa bursts into fits of laughter, while her dad asks her:
“It’s very funny, right?”
It’s truly a bittersweet watch.
The clip, which Abdullah shared to his Twitter account, has now been shared thousands of times, and he himself has received an outpouring of praise for his initiative.
Twitter users were completely broken-hearted by the clip, with many pointing out his “fearful expressions just before he breaks into laughter”, while another said, “the laughter of this little angel is much more powerful than the noise of that bomb”.
And 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.”