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Watch: Syrian father teaches daughter, 3, to laugh as bombs fall

Heartbreaking video of Abdullah Mohammed and his daughter Salwa adapting to normalities of war in Idlib

Daily air strikes prompted Syrian father Abdullah Mohammed to come up with a new way to help his daughter Salwa adapt to the sounds of war.

He encourages the three-year-old to simply laugh whenever she hears the sound of bombs or missiles.

In video footage obtained by Reuters, Mr Mohammed is seen laughing with his daughter as the sound of an apparent explosion is heard in the distance.

The father noted that many children suffer psychological hardships and stress due to the daily air raids.

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.

Air strikes drove his family far from his hometown of Saraqib in north-west 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 a proper education for his daughter, in the near future.

Updated: February 18, 2020 11:51 AM

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