Since 2011, the Syrian War has claimed the lives of over 210,000 people, and displaced over eleven million more. Over four million refugees have fled Syria’s borders and registered with the UNHCR; 51.1% of all registered refugees are under the age of 17, and 38.5% are under the age of 12. The lives of millions of refugee children are often overlooked in the coverage of this seemingly endless conflict. Something gets lost in the statistics, reporting the tragedies that these children have experienced often misses something vital: these are still children.
As you will read, many of these children lost their homes, their belongings, and frequently their loved ones to escape daily bombings and gunfire. Their stories give voice to the hardship this conflict has wrought, and expose the brutality that will color some of the earliest memories for a generation of Syrians. They love sports teams and dolls and bicycles. They dream of being teachers and doctors and artists. And like you and everyone you know, each child in this story is living a unique experience characterized by the situations they have endured, the people they love, and the things they remember.
The people in “Syria’s Children” are Syrian refugees between the ages of five and fifteen living in one of four countries: Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, or Lebanon. This project travels through each of those nations, and seeks to share the lives and stories of the refugee children of the Syrian War.
This site is a living documentary of suffering, but more importantly, one of life, and of hope. As you navigate through the pages and pictures, we ask that you take the time to read the mundane, the shocking, the endearing, and the unmistakably human details that provide a snapshot view of the lives of Syria’s child refugees.