Syrian refugees: What it's really like for children living in exile

Syrian refugees

These powerful photographs taken by Syrian refugee children reveal daily life inside a refugee camp...


Since a terrible war broke out in Syria in 2011, millions of people have been forced to leave their homes to find safety. Many thousands ended up in the Kawergosk Refugee Camp, in Iraqi Kurdistan


In 2013, National Geographic photographer Reza set up the Reza Visual Academy in the camp. The photography workshops taught the children there how to capture their lives on camera. Here are some of the remarkable pictures they took…

 


Taken by Mohammad Husein, 15


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Taken at a wedding in the camp, this photo shows how celebrations still take place despite the surroundings.


 

Taken by Maryam Husein, 14 


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Despite the difficult conditions in the camp, the children continue to find ways to have a bit of fun. 


 

Over 85% of refugees live in developing countries, often in camps like this one. The UK is home to less than 2% of the world’s refugees


 

Taken by Amer Abdulah, 13 


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A child stands before a fire lit to celebrate Nowruz (the Iranian new year celebrated at the spring equinox) at the Kawergosk camp.


 

Taken by Zerav Rasoul, 11 


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A little girl lies bundled up against the cold at the Kawergosk camp. 


 

Last year, 51% of refugees were children

 


 

Taken by Amer Abdulah, 13 


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Amer Abdulah captures a moment of celebration at the Kawergosk camp. 


 

Taken by Amar Abdulah, 11 


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A father plays with his son, tossing him in the air at the Kawergosk refugee camp. 


  

One in every four of the world’s refugees is from Syria

 


 

Taken by Nora Morad, 15 


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A young refugee boy combs his hair in front of a mirror. 


 

Taken by Maya Rostam, 13


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A bath and play in the water for these refugee children, an instant of their everyday lives captured.


 

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