Faces of Syria's Civil War

Syria currently has an estimated 5 million IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons). Many IDPs are from ordinary, everyday backgrounds, teachers and housewives, some of whom have now come to know the inside of a tent for more than 2 years as their homes.

For many Syrians wanting to flee the conflict and seek refuge in neighboring countries such as Turkey and Jordan it can currently be difficult without proper documentation. Many Syrians choose to try and illegally cross the border but this can be a deadly risk and all the more difficult for those with families. This leaves many in Syria with little option but to stay in Syria’s growing IDP camps, some which contain as many as 30,000+ people. The decision to leave their homes behind, or whats left of them is not an easy one as once they leave, their homes will often be taken over and claimed by people who need the shelter.

Many IDPs are forced into camps through injury, aerial shelling from Assad’s forces have annihilated thousands of civilian homes. Latest figures suggest more than 93,000 people have been killed in the conflict so far and many more severely injured. These injured are often taken to camps when they are ready or when hospitals are full. (These hospitals and the camps themselves are also the target of deliberate and targeted aerial bombing from Assad’s forces).

Very basic supplies in the camps including water are stretched to the limit and the challenge mounts ever higher as more IDPs move into the camps on a daily basis.

Figures accurate as of 15 June 2013.

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A refugee in an IDP camp shows his wounds inflicted by shelling from the Asaad forces.
A handicapped boy lies on the floor of a tent in an IDP camp.
A boy blinded in a shelling raid was fortunate enough to receive an artifical retina. Two days after returning home from the hospital he was shelled again and the same eye was injured. He is now permanently blind in that eye.
A handicapped child in an IDP camp. Physical and mental treatment since being in the camp has stopped.
A man being treated in a hospital close to an IDP camp.
A woman being treated in a hospital close to an IDP camp. A victim of shelling.
A baby being treated in a hospital close to an IDP camp. A victim of shelling.
A woman lies in an IDP camp needing medical treatment.
A handicapped boy lies outside under  tree in an IDP camp.
A refugee boy in a  wheelchair escapes the midday sun.
A child injured in shelling raid by Assad forces, under a tree in an IDP camp.
A man being treated in a hospital close to an IDP camp.
Viction of shelling from Assad forces. IDP camp, Syria.
A handicapped girl in the tent of an IDP camp. The scarf around her head eases her head pains. She suffers from acute anxiety attacks often on an hourly basis as a result from the conflict she has witnessed.
A man lost both legs in a shelling raid from Assad forces. IDP camp, Northern Syria.
A man being treated in a hospital close to an IDP camp.
A handicapped boy in an IDP camp. Physical and mental treatment since being in the camp has stopped.
A man being treated in a hospitals intensive care unit close to an IDP camp.
A man being treated in a hospitals intensive care unit close to an IDP camp.
This little girl sustained burns to a large part of her body and needed a metal brace screwed into her leg as a result of aerial shelling.