Umit Bektas / Reuters Syrian refugee Ali Ristmo, 7, shares his drawing of a mosque. He lives with his family in Turkey’s Yayladagi refugee camp, December 16, 2015.
Umit Bektas / Reuters A drawing of a mosque by Ali Ristmo, Turkey, December 16, 2015.
Umit Bektas / Reuters Syrian refugee Islem Halife, 11, shares a drawing of her home in Syria as she sits in the Nizip refugee camp, Turkey, December 13, 2015.
Umit Bektas / Reuters Islem Halife draws her home in Syria. The Arabic writing reads: “God is great,” Turkey, December 16, 2015.
Umit Bektas / Reuters Syrian refugee Ilaf Hassun, 9, and her sister, Bera Hassun, pose in the Yayladagi refugee camp in Turkey, December 16, 2015.
Umit Bektas / Reuters Hassun draws a mother carrying her daughter to a grave. “Turkey and Syria are free,” she writes, Turkey, January 12, 2015.
Umit Bektas / Reuters Syrian refugee Rahaf Hasan, 10, holds a drawing of her home in Syria. She lives with her family in the Midyat refugee camp, in Turkey, December 14, 2015.
Umit Bektas / Reuters Rahaf Hassan draws her home in Syria, Turkey, December 16, 2015.
Umit Bektas / Reuters Syrian refugee Tesnim Faydo, 8, shows a sketch of a mother crying for her wounded daughter, Turkey, December 16, 2015.
Umit Bektas / Reuters Faydo drew a mother sitting beside a grave as she cries for her injured daughter, Turkey, December 16, 2015.
Umit Bektas / Reuters Syrian refugee Ahmet Cemal, 12, shares a drawing of his home in Syria. His father was killed in Syria, Turkey, December 13, 2015.
Umit Bektas / Reuters Ahmet Cemal, who lives with his family in Turkey’s Nizip refugee camp, draws his home in Syria, January 12, 2015.
Umit Bektas / Reuters Rahaf Kahya writes, “There is no god, only Allah. Muhammad is Allah’s messenger. Free Syria,” Turkey, December 13, 2015.
Umit Bektas / Reuters Rahaf Kahya, 13, a Syrian refugee, writes a message, Turkey, December 16, 2015.
Umit Bektas / Reuters Syrian refugee Gays Cardak, 6, says he wants to be a doctor and and an engineer so he can rebuild Syria, Turkey, December 16, 2015.
Umit Bektas / Reuters A drawing by Gays Cardak, Turkey, December 16, 2015.
Umit Bektas / Reuters Syrian refugee Reyyan Emin, 7, who lives in Turkey’s Yayladagi refugee camp, shares her drawing, December 15, 2015.
Umit Bektas / Reuters A drawing by Reyyan Emin, Turkey, December 16, 2015.
Umit Bektas / Reuters Syrian refugee Ele Cundi, 5, sits with her friends in a kindergarten at Midyat refugee camp, Turkey, December 14. 2015.
Umit Bektas / Reuters A drawing of a flower by Ele Cundi, Turkey, January 12, 2016.

Saving Syria's Lost Generation

In Syria, children bear witness to as much horror and violence as adults. The Migration Policy Institute estimates that 79 percent of Syrian children have experienced a death in the family and 60 percent have witnessed violence. At a Syrian refugee camp in Turkey, this trauma is reflected in the drawings of children who are participating in a program to help them adjust to life in their new country. Mixed in mundane landscapes—clouds, trees, and triangle-roofed houses—are scenes of death and violence. In thick red marker, Tesnim Faydo, eight, sketches a mother weeping for her wounded daughter. Others simply draw their homes in Syria and many say they hope one day to return. Gays Cardak, six, who uses a blue pen to draw himself, hopes to become both a doctor and engineer so that he can heal and rebuild his country.

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