Syrian refugee child: A story in 23 photos

If you could see through eyes of a Syrian refugee child, what would life look like? In this informal tented settlement in Lebanon, we asked children to show us. These are the scenes they wanted to share.

A family gathers around a small fire of burning trash at the edge of a tent settlement.

It’s cold in the late afternoon. This family burns trash – most of it plastic – to stay warm. Until the weather warms up and they can work in the fields and orchards, they don’t have enough to eat. (©2016 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)

Many Syrian families live in informal tented settlements in Lebanon. It’s hard for them to stay warm, dry, and clean. (©2016 World Vision/Jon Warren)

Many Syrian families live in informal tented settlements in Lebanon. It’s hard for them to stay warm, dry, and clean. (©2016 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)

Through a tent window, we see a mother holding her 2-month-old baby boy wrapped in a heavy blanet

This mom, Heven, tries to watch out for her older children while she takes care of baby Hasan. He’s less than two months old. (©2016 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)

Syrian refugee children run through the mud in a camp ©2016 World Vision/Jon Warren

Children roam in packs through the informal tented settlement. They stomp through the mud and try to stay out of the grownups’ way. (©2016 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)

Syrian refugee boys play on a car in a tent settlement in Lebanon ©2016 World Vision / Photo by Jon Warren

Until an adult chases them away, boys climb on top of an abandoned car and jump off. They don’t have a ball field or even a ball to play with. (©2016 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)

Kids fighting over a box.

These refugee children stole a box and turned it into a car, then they fought over it. When they tear it up, someone will take it away to sell. Lots of kids collect cardboard, drink cans, or plastic bottles to sell. (©2016 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)

Syrian refugee child holds doll ©2016 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren

Rahaff, 5, is new in the informal tented settlement, and she’s a bit shy. Even though the border was closed, she and her mom and baby brother were smuggled in a few months ago. (©2016 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)

3-year-old boy orphaned by war in Syria

Mohammed’s mom and dad were killed in Syria. His grandma, uncles, and cousins take care of him, but he’s still afraid. He’s not quite 3, but he says that most of all he wants a bike. (©2016 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)

Syrian refugee kids help mom with the cooking fire ©2016 World Vision / Photo by Jon Warren

Moms cook and wash using water heated on a fire outside the tent. Sometimes kids help feed the fire or just play around it. (©2016 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)

Syrian refugee boys playing war games with fake gun.

These boys play war games every day. Mohammed, the younger brother, is 4. He was just a baby when his family came here after their neighborhood was bombed. (©2016 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)

Help Syrian refugees like Ali. He is the sole wage earner for his family.

Ali, 13, is their older brother. He sells tissues on the Damascus highway so his family can pay rent. He tries to be a tough guy, but sometimes he cries when people on the street say ugly things to him. (©2016 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)

Syrian refugee children on the way to a Child Friendly Space ©2016 Jon Warren | World Vision.

Children who go to World Vision’s Child-Friendly Space teach the other kids games. Children in education programs have cool backpacks with pens and workbooks. (©2016 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)

Syrian refugee children riding bus ©2016 World Vision/Jon Warren

Kids are excited to ride the bus to World Vision’s Child-Friendly Space. (©2016 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)

Children with paper crowns and face paint
They wear crowns, have their faces painted, sing songs, and dance. (©2016 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)
Teacher and students at a World Vision Child-Friendly Space for Syrian refugee children in Lebanon. Photo ©2016 World Vision/Jon Warren
In circle time, Miss Huda gives everyone a chance to speak. That’s the way to show respect, she says. (©2016 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)
Twin girls at computer
Computers are part of the fun at an early childhood education program where Syrian kids ages 3 to 6 study so they’ll be ready to go to a Lebanese school when they’re 7. (©2016 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)
Boy dances at childrens center
When Thaer starts to dance, children and teachers all clap and beat time. When he first came to the kids’ center, he was always depressed. Who wouldn’t be – his dad’s in prison in Syria. Now he’s among friends who make each other feel better. (©2016 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)
Syrian refugee children draw (©2016 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)
In the Child-Friendly Space, children draw pictures to tell their stories, hopes, and dreams. Red hearts mean love and peace. (©2016 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)
Syrian refugee children play tug of war ©2016 World Vision/Jon Warren
Pull hard! Miss Huda and Miss Bassima teach boys and girls how to compete and still be friends who care for each other. (©2016 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)
Children singing at child friendly space ©2016 Jon Warren | World Vision.
“If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands!” sing all the children, especially Yasmin, in red. She tries to remember every word so she can teach songs to her brothers and cousins when she goes home. (©2016 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)
Kids center for refugee children ©2016 World Vision/Jon Warren
Which is the right hand? Miss Wafaa leads her group playing follow the leader. The kids’ center just opened near their tents, and they are all learning so much. (©2016 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)
Young Syrian refugee children learn to count at a refugee camp in Lebanon.
Samira, 5, (in red) is learning to count in English and Arabic. (©2016 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)
Help Syrian refugees like Rahaff, 5, who escaped from Syria five months ago.
Rahaff (in purple) arrived from Syria just 6 months ago. She is making friends and learning at the children’s center. (©2016 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)

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