Giving hope to Hani – the real-life story of an eight-year-old Syrian refugee

The story of an eight-year-old boy who fled Syria after his home was destroyed by bombs is brought alive in a new World Vision interactive installation at Brighton’s Churchill Square Shopping Centre.

Hani and his family are among the millions of people around the world who have been displaced due to conflict, natural disasters, political unrest, or ongoing instability.  In these dangerous places children are extremely vulnerable to violence, poverty, abuse, and exploitation.

 “We were in the house sleeping. We woke up and suddenly we heard something go ‘booph’. The earth was trembling,” says Hani. “The next day we went to see our place. It was destroyed – glass was all over the ground and the walls had crumbled. I’ve forgotten my bicycle, I’ve forgotten all my toys, I have forgotten my computer. They are all gone, they are all in pieces.”

Hani’s story is told on videos played inside the exhibition. Visitors walk through a recreation of the rubble of a Syrian house after the bombings. They are encouraged to consider what belongings they would take if they suddenly had to up and leave their homes. The installation includes a map of the route from Homs in Syria to the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon – where Hani and his family took refuge. 

But Hani has hope thanks to World Vision’s work with refugees. His favourite part of the day is going to school where he can get a strong foundation for handling anything life throws at him. 

World Vision responds where the need is greatest with life-saving interventions – providing food, clean water, education, healthcare, child protection, and psychosocial support to children and their families, helping to rebuild their futures.

Find out more about how you can help by visiting the World Vision website or by experiencing the interactive installation at Churchill Square Shopping Centre, Brighton from Monday 23 August to Thursday 23 September. 

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