With Syria coalition releases film to mark 4 years of Syrian crisis

The WithSyria coalition, a movement of 130 charities including Oxfam and Amnesty International, has released a video to mark four years since the start of the Syrian conflict.

The Afraid of the Dark video, created by Don’t Panic and Unit9 looks to raise awareness of the issue that 83 per cent of all the lights in Syria have gone out since the start of the conflict.

The video, which launched today (12 March) is accompanied by a global petition that calls on world leaders to ‘turn the lights back on in Syria’ by boosting response in the country and prioritising the political situation.

"It is a literal truth that 83 per cent of Syria's lights have gone out since the start of the war," said Richard Beer, creative director of Don't Panic. "But the darkness that afflicts them has a metaphorical truth that goes deeper.

"We wanted to use this shocking statistic to tell the story of just how far Syria has fallen into darkness, in every conceivable way, despite UN resolutions and international outcry."

The film shows a boy named Khalid reading by torch light in bed before the war. The video then shows Khalid in the present day as he surveys his bombed out bedroom with a torch.

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