For a child, three years can seem like a lifetime. Three years can transform a baby into a preschooler learning to read. Three years can see a young schoolchild grow into a teenager entering the exciting world of secondary school. Three years can turn an uncertain fifteen year-old into a proud young student on the first day of university. But not for Syria’s children. These past three years have been the longest of their lives so far. And for most, they have brought only loss and despair.