Rihav Osama learned to count using bullets. At 14, she can describe what it’s like to lose friends and neighbors to war, to see her community torn apart by violence.
At age 11, Yahya Waadallah can already describe in vivid detail seeing someone shot to death. In fact, he sees it happening, again and again, whenever he closes his eyes. His school drawings show a body in the street, with crayon-red blood flowing into a gutter.
At a time when they should be playing, learning and dreaming about their careers, too many children in the Middle East can’t see the path to the future because of the violence of the present.