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Nine years of Syrian war, nine kids who dream of home

To mark World Refugee Day, Reuters photographer Khalil Ashawi captured portraits of nine child refugees born during nine years of Syria's war, at the Atmeh camp for displaced people on the Syrian-Turkish border, where families have been sheltering since 2011 from a conflict that has made half of Syrians homeless. "Every kid represents a year in the uprising. Every kid narrates a story and they each have their unique story of the war," Ashawi explained. "These kids don't know the meaning of a home, some don't know or have forgotten that a house has a wall and a door."

REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

To mark World Refugee Day, Reuters photographer Khalil Ashawi captured portraits of nine child refugees born during nine years of Syria's war, at the Atmeh camp for displaced people on the Syrian-Turkish border, where families have been sheltering...more

To mark World Refugee Day, Reuters photographer Khalil Ashawi captured portraits of nine child refugees born during nine years of Syria's war, at the Atmeh camp for displaced people on the Syrian-Turkish border, where families have been sheltering since 2011 from a conflict that has made half of Syrians homeless. "Every kid represents a year in the uprising. Every kid narrates a story and they each have their unique story of the war," Ashawi explained. "These kids don't know the meaning of a home, some don't know or have forgotten that a house has a wall and a door." REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
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Ranim Barakat, a 9-year-old displaced from Hama countryside. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

Ranim Barakat, a 9-year-old displaced from Hama countryside. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

Ranim Barakat, a 9-year-old displaced from Hama countryside. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
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Jumana and Farhan al-Alyawi, 8-year-old twins from east Idlib. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

Jumana and Farhan al-Alyawi, 8-year-old twins from east Idlib. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

Jumana and Farhan al-Alyawi, 8-year-old twins from east Idlib. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
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Mohamed Abdallah, a 7-year-old boy from Jabal al-Zawiya in Idlib's southern countryside. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

Mohamed Abdallah, a 7-year-old boy from Jabal al-Zawiya in Idlib's southern countryside. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

Mohamed Abdallah, a 7-year-old boy from Jabal al-Zawiya in Idlib's southern countryside. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
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Rawan al-Aziz, 6, said she still remembers her house "built in the old fashioned way" in south Idlib. "A house for me is a place where my friends and family are. I brought my toys with me but it's not nice here at all," she said. "A tent is not a house, because it might catch fire and it might fly with the wind."

REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

Rawan al-Aziz, 6, said she still remembers her house "built in the old fashioned way" in south Idlib. "A house for me is a place where my friends and family are. I brought my toys with me but it's not nice here at all," she said. "A tent is not a...more

Rawan al-Aziz, 6, said she still remembers her house "built in the old fashioned way" in south Idlib. "A house for me is a place where my friends and family are. I brought my toys with me but it's not nice here at all," she said. "A tent is not a house, because it might catch fire and it might fly with the wind." REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
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Maysaa Mahmoud, a 5-year-old from Homs countryside. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

Maysaa Mahmoud, a 5-year-old from Homs countryside. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

Maysaa Mahmoud, a 5-year-old from Homs countryside. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
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Mariam al-Mohamad, four-year-old from Homs city. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

Mariam al-Mohamad, four-year-old from Homs city. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

Mariam al-Mohamad, four-year-old from Homs city. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
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Mahmoud al-Basha, 3. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

Mahmoud al-Basha, 3. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

Mahmoud al-Basha, 3. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
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Walid al-Khaled, a 2-year-old from Aleppo city. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

Walid al-Khaled, a 2-year-old from Aleppo city. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

Walid al-Khaled, a 2-year-old from Aleppo city. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
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Abdul Rahman al-Fares, a 4-month-old baby from south Idlib countryside. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

Abdul Rahman al-Fares, a 4-month-old baby from south Idlib countryside. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

Abdul Rahman al-Fares, a 4-month-old baby from south Idlib countryside. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
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