I am calling these children whom you are going to see below our unknown reluctant heroes for the ordeals they have been through surpass the imagination. They have undergone the ordeals of fire, hunger, terrible injuries, amputated limbs, the loss of parents and families, homelessness, sleeping rough on the streets, having to survive on picking rubbish not to mention having to to be subjected to exploitation and abuse and having to do hard menial dangerous jobs to survive. On top of all of that many were exposed to torture, imprisonment, interrogation, rape and sexual abuse. The pictures below are of children who have survived but for how long if we do not try to help them?
I have tried this time to present children who have survived physically, pointing out that this is only part of their story. In the past I concentrated a lot on dead children and terribly mutilated children but this time I thought we have to divert out attention a little to those who have survived. They deserve to live. My method has always been to link all posts together so that the viewer can get the whole picture. With the present posting, I wish to convey that in my honest opinion these children, many of then orphaned, have become the children of the world and the world should assume responsibility for them. those surviving children who make half the population of the refugee camps inside and outside Syria are terribly vulnerable in view of their few years, untold sufferings and in view of their inability to defend or fend for themselves, specially those who have sustained severe disabilities.I have run out of words. Please make these children your cause. They are the responsibility of all of us.
About the images
My main purpose in showing these images is not to shock, but to enlist help. There are thousands of injured,hurt or psychologically impaired war children in the camps, on the streets, in make shift hospitals or primitive clinics, living on bare nothing or undergoing untold hardships. My friend Akkad Al-Jabal whom I met on Facebook has compiled most of these images. He has been painstakingly collecting documenting and archiving thousands of images of the war children of Syria in albums which he lovingly update constantly. To his images I added some I have compiled myself.
Chilren injured or have lost limbs
Suffering, hunger, menial jobs, with weapons
Courage and Defiance