Illustration: Takayo Akiyama / Save the Children
When I think about my son, I get tears in my eyes. He is three and all he has ever known is war.
This is what happened the night he was born.
It was midnight when my contractions started. We had to go to three different hospitals before we found one where they had electricity. There were airstrikes all around – it was so scary. In the end, I needed a C-section and I asked to have a general anaesthetic because I didn’t want to hear the sound of bombs when my son was born.
So war has been part of his life, right from the start. I feel like it has stolen his childhood away. He is three years old! He wants to go out and explore, but we have to keep him indoors where it is safer. He can’t play with water outdoors because he could get cholera. Or play football in the street because it is too dangerous.
This isn’t what I want for him.
Before the war, we used to have big family gatherings. I loved them. Everyone would eat together. The kids would play – it was such a happy time. Now, all we talk about is the war.
We are exhausted. We are tired of crying. We are tired of war. All we want is to have a safe life where our children could live an ordinary life.
Sukaina is from Yemen and works for Save the Children in her home country, which has been at war since 2015.