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The Lost Generation: Children in War Zones.

It’s not OK that thirteen million children are unable to go to school

by Citizen Brooklyn

The image of the dead body of a three-year-old child washed ashore on a beach near Bodrum, Turkey has recently caused a strong international reaction. His name was Aylan Kurdi, from the town of Kobani, Syria. Public opinion is demanding a swift solution to the migrant crises.

Going to school Homs, Syria ©Citizen Brooklyn 2015

Going to school Homs, Syria ©Citizen Brooklyn 2015

The EU does not have a unified protocol for the handling of migrants, which adds to the existing chaos, making search, rescue and integration a local affair. Millions of children have fallen victim to the horrors of war and the dangers of the desperate journey in search of a better, safer life.

Homs, Syria ©Citizen Brooklyn 2015

Homs, Syria ©Citizen Brooklyn 2015

A recent report from UNICEF states that over thirteen million children have stopped attending school in the areas affected by war. Let us not forget that before the war, Syria had one of the highest literacy rates in the world. NYTIMES ARTICLE

Walking over a mortar crater Homs, Syria ©Citizen Brooklyn 2015

Walking over a mortar crater Homs, Syria ©Citizen Brooklyn 2015

Back home, there is only destruction. For those left behind, the walk to school is riddled with the risk of a random mortar shot, the crumbling of a building… Provided there is a school left to go to, of course. A photographer friend, who asked to remain anonymous, sent us these pictures from the city of Homs, Syria, taken a few days ago. These images do not require any lengthy explanation. They are here to help us understand why these people are so desperate to leave.

If you want to help: UNICEF

Homs, Syria ©Citizen Brooklyn 2015

Homs, Syria ©Citizen Brooklyn 2015

A coffin maker Homs, Syria ©Citizen Brooklyn 2015

A coffin maker Homs, Syria ©Citizen Brooklyn 2015

Homs, Syria ©Citizen Brooklyn 2015

Homs, Syria ©Citizen Brooklyn 2015

Homs, Syria ©Citizen Brooklyn 2015

Homs, Syria ©Citizen Brooklyn 2015

Homs, Syria ©Citizen Brooklyn 2015

Homs, Syria ©Citizen Brooklyn 2015

Homs, Syria ©Citizen Brooklyn 2015

Homs, Syria ©Citizen Brooklyn 2015

Homs, Syria ©Citizen Brooklyn 2015

Homs, Syria ©Citizen Brooklyn 2015

Homs, Syria ©Citizen Brooklyn 2015

Homs, Syria ©Citizen Brooklyn 2015

 

 

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