For many refugee children, surviving is life, and having fun is not part of life. Zakira, a charity that means “memory” in Arabic, paired with UNICEF to give Syrian and Palestinian refugee children disposable cameras and photography lessons. This helps to give children a taste of childhood. “These young photographers do not try to show the misery of their life in the settlements nor do they make any kind of statement. They merely capture pictures of the world around them and the intimacy of their daily life with a stunning genuineness,” according to Zakira. These photos not only allow an outlet for the children, but serve as a perspective to see life in a refugee camp from the point of view from a child.
Young Somali Children living in a Refugee camp in Kenya write letters of hope to refugee children in Syria. “Be the stars and the new presidents,” said one young Somali boy in his letter. They offer encouragement, advice, and urge them to do everything they can to get an education and keep learning. Read the article and their letters here.
During the month of Ramadan, the Saudi government will provide meals to the Syrian refugees in Jordan in an effort to aid the suffering of them. 150,000 dry meals will be distributed throughout the month. In addition to that, the Saudi National Campaign is giving enough rent for 1,000 Syrian refugee families in Lebanon. Read the full story here.
Syrian children living in the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan give their perspective on the things that have happened and difficulties they’ve faced. They dream of going back to Syria and becoming anything from a doctor to a lawyer who protects human rights. Watch the full video here.
Around 3 million Syrian children have been displaced by war. They’ve had to suffer through their houses being bombed, not being able to attend school because of war, being separated from or losing family members, and having to leave Syria. Children as young as 2 and up to 14 share their aspirations, desires, hopes, and stories about what they’ve experienced.
See the photos and article from NBC here.
An excellent piece in the UK’s Independent, chronicles British photojournalist Ed Thompson’s trips to refugee camps housing many of Syria’s children.
Read the story, and see his compelling photo gallery, at the Independent’s site.
According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, more than 20,000 Syrian refugees have arrived in Turkey since the start of the year in the biggest influx since early 2013. In recent days, more than 500 people have been arriving each day at the official crossing points, with some days the influx reaching as many as 1,000 to 2,000 Syrians.
Read more at the UNHCR site.
These are new photos from the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, which houses hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees. The bad weather in the region has been making a terrible situation even more difficult.
Anger, anxiety, and depression are common among Syrian refugees living a precarious existence in refugee camps. Al Jazeera reports from Lebanon.