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Children of Syria: Childhood lost in violence and conflict

Last updated on: June 11, 2013 14:53 IST

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It has been more than two years since the Syrian civil war broke out. Scores of people have lost their lives in this bloody conflict, but the most badly affected have been the children. Rights group even claim of detention and torture of children at the hands of the Syrian security forces.

What must life be for hundreds of children caught in this mad violence? Perhaps, we'll never fully know, but here are a few stirring images that tell the story of the children of conflict.

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Image: A girl looks on as she sits with other Syrian refugees fleeing violence on a Jordanian army vehicle, after crossing into Jordanian territory, near the town of Ramtha
Photographs: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters
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Children walk along a damaged street filled with debris in Deir al-Zor.

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Photographs: Khalil Ashawi/Reuters
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A girl wearing a pink scarf flees with her family from shelling in the al-Masir area in Aleppo.

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Photographs: Muzaffar Salman/Reuters
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A man carries a child who was wounded after a jet missile hit the al-Myassar neighbourhood of Aleppo. The Arabic graffiti on the wall reads, "God is great". 

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Photographs: Hamid Khatib/Reuters
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A wounded child sits on a stretcher as he is treated in a temporary medical center after he was injured during a shelling by forces loyal to President Bashar al Assad, in Aleppo. The graffiti behind reads: "Liberate Meng (area)".

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Photographs: Muzaffar Salman/Reuters

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A girl looks up to the sky after hearing the sound of shelling as she sits on a toy pony in the playground of Al-Tawheed school in Aleppo.

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Photographs: Muzaffar Salman/Reuters

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A girl sits on a chair placed among rubble as she sells bread on a damaged street in Deir al-Zor

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Photographs: Khalil Ashawi/Reuters
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A boy drinks water from a burst water pipe in Aleppo's Karm al-Jabal district.

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Photographs: Muzaffar Salman/Reuters

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Children warm themselves around a fire during cold weather in Aleppo.

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Photographs: Muzaffar Salman/Reuters
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Children look out from their windows in Aleppo.

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Photographs: Giath Taha/Reuters
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A woman and her children make their way through rubble and garbage along a street in Deir al-Zor

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Photographs: Khalil Ashawi/Reuters
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A Syrian family cross to Turkey by boat over the Orontes river on the Turkish-Syrian border near the village of Hacipasa in Hatay province.

Scores of Syrian civilians, many of them women with screaming children clinging to their necks, crossed Orontes, a narrow river marking the border with Turkey as they fled the fighting in Azmarin and surrounding villages. Residents from the Turkish village of Hacipasa, nestled among olive groves, helped pull them across in small metal boats.

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Photographs: Osman Orsal/Reuters

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Girls queue to buy bread at the only bakery serving the outskirts of Idlib province.

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Photographs: Zohra Bensemra/Reuters
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A boy makes preparations in a cave under his house to be used as a shelter in Kafruma, an area in the province of Idlib. 

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Photographs: Giath Taha/Reuters

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A Syrian refugee girl writes "we miss Syria too much" on the chalkboard in her classroom in Majdel Anjar in Bekaa Valley.


Photographs: Mohamed Azakir/Reuters

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