Syrian Dad Teaches Daughter To Laugh At Sounds Of Bombs
Three-year-old Salwa laughs whenever she hears the sound of bombs or missiles after her father came up with a way to help his daughter cope with the stress of war.
Daily airstrikes and bombs prompted Syrian Abdullah Mohammad to come up with a new way to help his daughter adapt to the sounds of war.
He encourages Salwa to simply laugh whenever she hears the sound of bombs or missiles.
In video footage obtained by Reuters, Mohammed is seen laughing with his daughter as the sound of an apparent explosion is heard in the distance.
Mohammad noted that many children suffer psychological hardships and stress due to daily airstrikes.
He said that he managed to convince his daughter that these noises are similar to sounds of fireworks and that they are nothing to be scared of.
In the footage, Mohammad can be heard asking his daughter: "Is this a jet or a bomb?"
Salwa responds: "A bomb ... When it comes we will laugh."
When an explosion is heard Salwa responds with laughter.
Her father asks her if the sound made her laugh.
"Yes it is funny," she responds.
Airstrikes drove Mohammad's family far from his hometown of Saraqib in northwest Syria, forcing him to live at his friend's house with his wife and daughter in Sarmada.
The 32-year-old said he hoped for a restored sense of normalcy, and proper education for his daughter, in the near future.
Backed by heavy Russian airstrikes and aided by pro-Iranian militias, government forces have intensified since the start of the year their campaign to recapture the Aleppo countryside and parts of neighbouring Idlib province in the far northwest of Syria where anti-Assad insurgents hold their last strongholds.