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Tuesday 25 April 2017

A cinema at Save the Children’s space

The queue outside the tent stretched longer with forty-eight children standing, mostly on toes, on the doorstep. As they waited to hear their name and embark on the next action, they craned their neck forward with eager anticipation.

Names checked and spots taken, the lights went off, a sign that entertainment was about to start.

Friday 17 March 2017

Firas: Finding inspiration in heartbreaks

 

Six years of conflict in Syria: Save the Children series

Firas* sleeps next to his mother every night. His older brother has the top bunk of the bed for himself, while their sister takes the single bed on the opposite side.

Thursday 16 March 2017

Rama: The girl who was reborn

 

Six years of conflict in Syria: Save the Children series

Rama had to sleep for three months in a hole dug in the ground. She was trapped under the rubble for an hour before her family found out she was still alive. She was only three.

Wednesday 15 March 2017

Fouad: Living with unfair choices

Six years of conflict in Syria: Save the Children series

 

It is a narrow passage. As one walks, one has to avoid the hanging wires and watch out for water pouring down from the tops of the buildings.

Fouad* opens the door himself. He offers a seat and exchanges cheerful greetings, all while quickly moving around the room.

Thursday 15 December 2016

A breathing space in a long, hard day

‘’Togetherness means different minds and cultured spirits.’’

On an oval-shaped cardboard inside one of the classrooms, these words are inscribed. The handwriting is that of a child, probably a group of children. The message, for them, is clear: ‘’We are together. Friends.’’

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