Four years of civil war in Syria. “Facets of war”

by LKO, 2015/06/01

For four years already, the Syrian conflict, which is getting ever more brutal and desperate, has forced its population to flee the country. Far away from their homes and cities, the Syrians are obliged to observe the destruction of their home country, one the cultural center of the Middle East. Nobody can say when they will be able to return to Syria. In fact, they rather ask about whether they will be able to return one day. Thus, meanwhile nearly four million Syrians are living in the neighboring countries Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq, partly under inhuman conditions.

What does such a life do to a person? To a mother, who has left her husband and sons in the fights? To a child, whose future has been taken away by a greater conflict? What does the existence of millions of refugees do to the small county Lebanon? When has the absolute limit been reached?

The new humedica series “Facets of war” focuses on these questions, lends the refugees a face and explains the clout of a conflict of this dimension.

Refugee children in Lebanon: Braving distress with a smile

In the second part of our series we focus on the youngest members of the Syrian refugee population: the children. According to UNICEF information, 7.5 million Syrian boys and girls need humanitarian aid. Nearly one third of them have fled alone or together with their families over the border of their home country into directly neighboring countries.

Only few children there get the chance of a prospective future. Their statelessness hampers their access to comprehensive human rights, as adequate education or health care. Moreover, there are the problems arising from life within a refugee housing scheme. The provisional construction of the camps doesn’t offer any protection of sexual or violent assaults, it facilitates diseases and denies the girls and boys the possibility of a childhood with dignity.

Near the Syrian border, in the Lebanese Bekaa valley, humedica teams, in cooperation with the German Office of Foreign Affairs, assure the medical care in 35 unofficial refugee camps. More than half of the inhabitants of the camps are children and youth under 18.

Our doctor, Mohammad Chaddad has strolled across the camp, in order to document some scenes of the Syrian refugee children’s everyday life in photos. His photos prove a reality, which confirms many fears and, at the same time surprises by its courage to face life:

In Bekaa valley alone, there are 233,000 Syrian refugee children under 18 who live in makeshift and informal tent settlements. Photo: Mohammad Chaddad

In their home country many children have experienced hate and violence and are now suffering from traumata, fears and nightmares. Photo: Mohammad Chaddad

In some refugee camps there are tent schools, which enable the children on some days of the week to get some basic education. Photo: Mohammad Chaddad

Most of the children have lost everything during their flight. Everyday objects serve as toys. Photo: Mohammad Chaddad

There is not always an access to clean drinking water in the camps. Especially in summer the supply is scarce. Photo: Mohammad Chaddad

Many children have experienced violence and threats before fleeing their country. The youngest of them no nothing else but war. Photo: Mohammad Chaddad

Especially girls and young women are always in danger of sexual assaults or forced marriages in the camps. Photo: Mohammad Chaddad

An end to the violence in their home country still isn’t in sight and thus, the children’s greatest wish for a peaceful and safe life still remains unfulfilled. The humedica helpers try hard to back the refugee children up in their daily fight for survival. Photo: Mohammad Chaddad

Please become part of our help in Lebanon and show the Syrian refugees with a directed donation that they have not been forgot. Your contribution helps to assure the medical care for the girls and boys and offers them new hope in a gloomy everyday life. Thank you very much!

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