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The Syrian war through a child's eye

The conflict is the worst of humanitarian disaster with about 7.5 million children currently in need of charitable help.
Published 07 May, 2015 04:56pm

Nearly 14 million children have been affected in battle-torn Syria ever since the civil war began four years ago, according to the data by UNICEF.

In the war between forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad of Syria and those conflicting to his rule as well as jihadist militants from Islamic State, nearly 200,000 people have lost their lives.

About two million children have taken refuge in neighbouring countries of Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt.

The brutal conflict in Syria is the worst of humanitarian disaster with about 7.5 million Syrian children currently in need of charitable help which is nearly 15 times the number in 2012 and nearly 2.6 million children no longer go to school.

Children react after what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad near the Syrian Arab Red Crescent center in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus. — Reuters
Children react after what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad near the Syrian Arab Red Crescent center in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus. — Reuters
A Syrian refugee boy from Idlib, who now lives in Jordan after his family fled the violence in Syria, sits in a baby walker in his family's tent at a tented settlement in Madaba city, near Amman. — Reuters
A Syrian refugee boy from Idlib, who now lives in Jordan after his family fled the violence in Syria, sits in a baby walker in his family's tent at a tented settlement in Madaba city, near Amman. — Reuters
A boy that fled Yarmouk camp, now living inside an abandoned school where they sought refuge, sits inside a makeshift classroom in the rebel held town of Yalda, south Damascus. — Reuters
A boy that fled Yarmouk camp, now living inside an abandoned school where they sought refuge, sits inside a makeshift classroom in the rebel held town of Yalda, south Damascus. — Reuters
Residents inspect the damage from what activists said was due to shelling by warplanes loyal to Syria's president Bashar Al-Assad inside a vegetable market in the al-Maadi neighborhood of Aleppo.— Reuters
Residents inspect the damage from what activists said was due to shelling by warplanes loyal to Syria's president Bashar Al-Assad inside a vegetable market in the al-Maadi neighborhood of Aleppo.— Reuters
Children walk beside a painted wall inside Jarmaq school in Yarmouk camp, April 14, 2015. The text on the wall reads in Arabic "It's my right to learn." — Reuters
Children walk beside a painted wall inside Jarmaq school in Yarmouk camp, April 14, 2015. The text on the wall reads in Arabic "It's my right to learn." — Reuters
Residents fearing air strikes by the forces of Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad, flee Idlib city after rebel fighters took control of the area. — Reuters
Residents fearing air strikes by the forces of Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad, flee Idlib city after rebel fighters took control of the area. — Reuters
A man carries a child at a site hit by what activists say was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in al-Kalaseh neighborhood in Aleppo. — Reuters
A man carries a child at a site hit by what activists say was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in al-Kalaseh neighborhood in Aleppo. — Reuters
A woman carrying a child reacts at a damaged site after what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's president Bashar al-Assad on a mosque in Idlib city. — Reuters
A woman carrying a child reacts at a damaged site after what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's president Bashar al-Assad on a mosque in Idlib city. — Reuters
Children react after what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad near the Syrian Arab Red Crescent center in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus. — Reuters
Children react after what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad near the Syrian Arab Red Crescent center in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus. — Reuters
A picture lies amidst debris of collapsed buildings after what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the Al-Qatrgi neighbourhood of Aleppo.— Reuters
A picture lies amidst debris of collapsed buildings after what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the Al-Qatrgi neighbourhood of Aleppo.— Reuters
An internally displaced girl stands at the entrance of her tent in Rihaniyya camp, near the Syrian-Turkish border in Jabal al-Turkman. — Reuters
An internally displaced girl stands at the entrance of her tent in Rihaniyya camp, near the Syrian-Turkish border in Jabal al-Turkman. — Reuters
A family mourns the loss of their relatives to what activists say was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in Aleppo's al-Fardous district. — Reuters
A family mourns the loss of their relatives to what activists say was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in Aleppo's al-Fardous district. — Reuters
Children that fled Yarmouk camp, now living inside an abandoned school where they seeked refuge, stand beside hanged clothing in the rebel held town of Yalda, south Damascus. — Reuters
Children that fled Yarmouk camp, now living inside an abandoned school where they seeked refuge, stand beside hanged clothing in the rebel held town of Yalda, south Damascus. — Reuters
A boy carries bags of cotton candy for sale as he stands along a street in Maaret al-Naaman town in Idlib province. — Reuters
A boy carries bags of cotton candy for sale as he stands along a street in Maaret al-Naaman town in Idlib province. — Reuters
Girls who survived what activists said was a ground-to-ground missile attack by forces of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, hold hands at Aleppo's Bab al-Hadeed district. — Reutersl
Girls who survived what activists said was a ground-to-ground missile attack by forces of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, hold hands at Aleppo's Bab al-Hadeed district. — Reutersl
Girls who survived what activists said was a ground-to-ground missile attack by forces of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, hold hands at Aleppo's Bab al-Hadeed district. — Reuters
Girls who survived what activists said was a ground-to-ground missile attack by forces of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, hold hands at Aleppo's Bab al-Hadeed district. — Reuters
Local resident Israa holds her sister Boutol as they make their way through rubble of damaged buildings in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus. — Reuters
Local resident Israa holds her sister Boutol as they make their way through rubble of damaged buildings in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus. — Reuters