SUFFER THE CHILDREN

A boy who hasn’t opened his mouth in three years, and other photos of the real cost of Syria’s war

The conflict in Syria has scattered refugees literally to the four winds. Some 2.8 million Syrians have fled to Lebanon (to the west), Iraq (east), Jordan (south), and Turkey (north) to escape the fighting, on top of 6.5 million people who have left their homes but stayed within Syria. Many of the refugees, and the wounded, are children.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF, a.k.a. Doctors Without Borders) treats people at refugee camps and makeshift clinics both inside Syria and in the neighboring countries. Late last year it sent four photographers to document a single day in the lives of the refugees, and the doctors and nurses who care for them, many of whom are refugees themselves. We’ve excerpted some of the often heartbreaking photographs here; many more, as well as videos and other materials, can be found at MSF’s site, Reach of War.

Girl in wheelchair in surgical ward
Rukaya, 14, lost both legs in a bombing that also killed her mother, is wheeled in for her seventh surgery at Ramtha. (Ton Koene for MSF)
MSF staff working in Ramtha hospital (jordan, near the syrian border) where war wounded patients from Syria are being treated. MSF medical staff is doing rounds in the wards. name of patient is sami abu yusuf
A young man who lost a leg after being shot. “When I start walking on my feet, I’ll go back to Syria,” he says. “Where else would I be?” (Ton Koene for MSF)
MSF staff working in Ramtha hospital (jordan, near the syrian border) where war wounded patients from Syria are being treated. MSF medical staff is doing rounds in the wards. This girl lost one leg due to artillery injury
A Syrian girl who lost a leg when a shell landed nearby, at Ramtha hospital in Jordan.
Maria, 8, from Sana,was injured when she was 3 months old.  Her cradle caught on fire.
Maria, 8, from Sana,was injured when she was 3 months old. Her cradle caught on fire. (Kate Brooks/Redux for MSF)
MSF staff working in Ramtha hospital (jordan, near the syrian border) where war wounded patients from Syria are being treated. Doctor Ben Gupta is playing chest with one of the patients (malik) in the ward.
Dr Ben Gupta plays chess with Malik, 14, who lost a leg when a bomb fell on a wedding party. (Ton Koene for MSF)
Surgeon and Iraqi boy with jaw injury
Dr Ashraf al-Bustani tends to an Iraqi boy who has been unable to open his mouth for three years, after falling from a roof during a bombing and destroying his jaw. (Kate Brooks/Redux for MSF)
People waiting at Domiz refugee camp
The waiting area at Domiz camp in Iraqi Kurdistan, where some 60,000 refugees from Syria are being housed in tents. (Yuri Kozyrev/Noor for MSF)
Domiz Refugee Camp was established by local authorities back on in April 2012 to host the Syrian Kurds. The camp located 20 kms southeast of Dohuk city, in Iraqi Kurdistan and some 60 km from Syria/Iraq border.    So far the total number of Syrian refugees in Kurdistan region is 60,151.
Children at Domiz camp make their own entertainment. (Yuri Kozyrev/Noor for MSF)
Majdal Anjar, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. November 7, 2013.
A young Syrian refugee living on the grounds of a former prison now occupied by several Syrian refugee families on the outskirts of the village of Majdal Anjar, in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley.

(Photo by Moises Saman/MAGNUM)
An abandoned prison near Majdal Anjar, in Lebanon, has become a home for Syrian refugees like this boy. (Moises Saman/Magnum for MSF)
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