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>> Lost her entire family when a bomb destroys her house in Aleppo. Father was rounded up with other neighbors, taken to a school, and killed. A rocket attack killed mother. A sniper, her father. Most of the kids invited to this event for Ramadan are orphans of Syria's brutal conflict.
But tonight is a chance for them to remember the joy and celebration of the holidays. Reuter's Emily in the southern Turkish town of. It's just under an hour's drive from the Syrian border. There are around 400 children gathered here to share a Ramadan meal. They come from a variety of local orphanages.
Organizers say events like this are crucial to reminding these children what it feels like to be a kid again. Speaking to the children here, they are older beyond their years. They know words that no kid should know. Children perhaps paying the heaviest price in the conflict. After more than six years of fighting, the U.N. children's agency says six million now depend on aid, with almost half forced to flee their homes.
Turkey is home to around three million Syrians. More than half are under 18. They opened the world's largest orphanage last month. It will be able to house just under 1,000 children. Jahad is one of the mental health workers helping to care for the traumatized. He says so many of them need psychological support.
>> There are shocking reports about children who have PTSD. There are huge numbers of children who need therapy, and so we need volunteers from around the world to help these children.
>> Syria's children are often called the lost generation. This collection of local NGOs and community groups are working to rescue them. Provoking moments of laughter after unimaginable suffering.>>