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Growing up with War: Children of Syria. The tragedy of kids who have never known peace.


In almost six years of war in Syria, millions of civilians have been killed or wounded. Many have lost their homes and loved ones but the children are the most vulnerable victims of all, it’s estimated that over 8 million have been affected. RT Doc’s Maria Finoshina has reported on the developing conflict in Syria since it began. Now she returns to the devastated cities of Aleppo and Homs to meet just a few of the kids who’ve grown up with the horror of war.

Many of the children have never known a time of peace. Most are deprived of education and even a place of safety. Traumatized by what they’ve lived through, they receive no counselling and spend their childhoods simply trying to survive: dodging bombs and snipers’ bullets, constantly on the move to escape hostilities, while earning to support their families.

The harrowing stories include Ahmad, who survived being shot in the head by a sniper but was left partially paralyzed. For him, the simplest of routine tasks are now a struggle but he still goes to school every day. Leith watched as five of his family members, including his parents, were killed. Moayed’s house was razed to the ground and now, every member of his big family has become a refugee in their own country. They squat in a partially destroyed building, with no water or electricity.

Millions more of Syria’s children have similar stories to tell: a whole generation is growing up with war and as the bloodshed continues, their futures remain precarious and uncertain.

syrian man waters herbs on his roof
“Syrian man waters herbs on the roof of his building in Arbin” 2017 (Amer Almohibany/AFP)


10 thoughts on “Growing up with War: Children of Syria. The tragedy of kids who have never known peace.”

  1. Things that I will write right now are about the Syrian children who are the out of the Syria.

    In Turkey, last five years 230,000 Syrian children borned. Even last year, newborn Syrian children number is more than the newborn Turkish children number.

    When we look at the war history of the planet, whenever the wars started, the newborn children numbers decrease in the war zones of the planet. After the wars, the governments put forward the policy about to increase the number of children. This is the natural thing against the losses of wars. Already their numbers of the people who forced to move away their homes never increased with high percent in the other countries, where they sheltered during the war.

    When it comes to Syrian who moved away the Syria, they are beheaving in very irresponsible. They come to other country where they can never know to live good conditions or not, and in these unknown conditions they contunie to make children with high speed in every year. Their birth rate is about 70%. Such an incomprehensible and irresponsible beheviors have never been seen in the history.

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    1. Hello Migo, thank you for your comment. Indeed what you are saying is true :
      Also this happens in Jordan or Lebanon which with Turkey have accomodated the biggest part of the Syrian Refugee Crisis. Nonetheless the fact of the birth rate during these difficult times seems to be a little bit irresponsable. Even before the “Arab Spring” there was a big surge regarding the Syrian population with newcomers:). Honestly, i don’t believe that all these refugees will go back in Syria after the war. The real question is when this war ends as it profits only to army industry

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