THE WAR IN SYRIA has claimed the lives of over 400,000 people and displaced over eleven million more. Four million of those displaced are living as refugees outside Syria’s borders, and a majority are children under the age of 17. The Syrian conflict is a global tragedy on a scale of which we have not seen for decades. Chemical weapons, torture, barrel bombs, and rape have all been levied against civilians caught in the middle. What started out as protests against the government turned violent and spawned years of chaos and bloodshed.
As the over five year battle for control of Aleppo ends this week, we take some time to look at the lives of some of the children forced to flee their homes. The below photos are a glimpse into the nations settling the highest number of Syrian Refugees: Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon. 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.