The first thing that gets sacrificed is the trust…
With the innocence of children comes a great trust, the gift of expecting only the best of others towards them because they are not yet capable of processing hypocrisy. War changes the rule of the game. Suddenly children are worried, untrusting, distressed, hungry, and filled with doubt in all the places where innocence used to live.
Sometimes the mental assault is even more destructive than the physical one.
This little refugee girl eventually relaxed and smiled, but not at first and not right away.