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Lower Slaughter woman helps children caught in Syrian war
WITH tensions in Syria continuing to cause international outcry, in one corner of the war-torn country a Cotswold mother-of-two is making a big difference.
After reading an article about Italian charity Time- 4Life International, which supports children affected by the conflict, Anna Farina, of Lower Slaughter, decided she wanted to help.
The 37-year-old, who works in the banking industry in London, first travelled to the country in May with a team of volunteers to take aid to the Bab Al-Salam refugee camp across the Turkish border.
Volunteers take food, medicine, clothes and toys to 16,000 refugee children who have fled their homes since the start of the civil war.
“I’ve always followed the Syrian war with an eye of concern about the children,”
she said. “It’s because of my two children that I do it. You just see this situation and you can’t turn away from it.”
The charity, which was set up by Elisa Fangareggi last year has also started funding six schools in the Alepo province and provides medicine to the community.
Mrs Farina, who is originally from Milan, said despite the high risk involved, being able to help the children was the most important thing.
“The fact that you’ve got the chance to spend time with these children; it’s just great,” she said. “Not only do you give them food and clothes but sit down with them, play or draw a picture or sing a song.
“These children are completely neglected. They spend their lives being sent away. To have someone that focuses on them for five minutes, you can see it’s the biggest gift in the world.”
Mrs Farina held a coffee morning on Sunday at The Chimes, in Lower Slaughter, to fund her next trip, at the end of the month.
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