The Inevitability of Victory. The Children of Atmeh

The camp of Atmeh includes over 3,500 children living in miserable conditions (read ‘The Misery of Atmeh Refugee Camp’).

Their childhood has been placed on hold. Their innocence lost – you can see it in their eyes – their stares are haunting.

However despite their loss, between boredom, play and sadness they have a belief in the inevitability of victory.

Here are the children of Atmeh refugee camp, along with a short message from them to you at the end of this post.

Twice a day, children line up for food. Usually, to bring back a bowl that will feed an entire family or two.
Twice a day, the children of the camp line up for food queues. Usually, to bring back a small bowl that will need to feed an entire family or two.
(photo: sarabiany.com)
How to pass the day?
How to pass the day?
(photo: sarabiany.com)
Hovering around a bulldozer.
Hovering dangerously close to a moving bulldozer.
(photo: sarabiany.com)
Manning the Store.
Manning the store.
(photo: sarabiany.com)
Gazing Ahead.
Gazing ahead.
(photo: sarabiany.com)
The children showing off their camptured prize - a poor garden snake. Notice how many kids have shoes.
The children show off their captured prize – a poor garden snake. Count how many kids have shoes on their feet.
(photo: sarabiany.com)

 

A quick game of football.
A quick game of football to break up the day.
(photo: sarabiany.com)
Throwing Rocks.
Throwing rocks as grown ups sleep away the time.
(photo: sarabiany.com)
Welcome to my home. (photo by Hana J.)
“Welcome to my home.”
(photo by Hana J.)
Climb the Mountain.
Climbing the mountain.
(photo: sarabiany.com)
Running in Atmeh.
Running after nothing.
(photo: sarabiany.com)
Keep running. In the distance, take the child to the bathroom.
Keep running. In the distance, a convenient place for to take a child to the bathroom.
(photo: sarabiany.com)
I asked him where his shoes were. He replied he had none.
I asked him where were his shoes – he replied he had none.
(photo: sarabiany.com)
The Ladies Room.
The “Ladies room”. I could smell it, before I saw it.
(photo: sarabiany.com)
Peering in.
Peering in.
(photo: sarabiany.com)
Going for a stroll.
Going for a solitary stroll.
(photo: sarabiany.com)

The last 15 seconds will break your heart.

Ya Haif.
Ya haram.
(photo: sarabiany.com)
Football Field.
A stone football field, next to heaps of trash.
(photo: sarabiany.com)
A sad face. He asked me to take a picture of it.
A sad face. He asked me to take a picture of it.
(photo: sarabiany.com)
This means victory.
“This means Victory”.
(photo: sarabiany.com)
Together, we will be victorious.
Together, we will be victorious.
(photo: sarabiany.com)
Muddy Victory.
Muddy victory.
(photo: sarabiany.com)
Freedom will come.
Freedom will come.
(photo: sarabiany.com)
Together, we will be victorious.
The imminent victory.
(photo: sarabiany.com)

 

Finally, a short message from the Children of Atmeh Camp, to you.

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