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Faces of War: Syrian children make the most of makeshift homes

The real lives behind the civil war which the world barely notices.

THERE ARE CURRENTLY about 2.8 million Syrians living in refugee camps in Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan.

Many are registered with the relevant United Nations’ agencies. Some, however, have not yet come that far.

They are living in makeshift camps on the borders.

On a recent visit to some the official and ‘unofficial’ Syrian refugee camps in the area, photographer Khalil Hamra took some stunning portraits of the children he met there.

APTOPIC Mideast Jordan Refugee Children Photo Essay

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At an unofficial camp in Amman, Raghad Hassan, 9, and Asmaa Abdel Sattar, 10, pose for the camera. They were living among about 300 families who had fled their homes in Hama, Homs and Aleppo – focus points of the bloody war.

Mideast Jordan Refugee Children Photo Essay

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Eight-year-old Nadi Mosailem poses for a portrait at Zaatari refugee camp, near the border with Syria in Mafraq, Jordan.

Mideast Jordan Refugee Children Photo Essay

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Ahmed Khalaf, 11, also lives at the Zaatari refugee camp with about 101,000 other Syrians.

Mideast Jordan Refugee Children Photo Essay

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Mohammed Mosailem is just four years old. He also lives in Zaatari.

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Girls on the Zaatari camp football team train with members of FC Bayern Munich.

Mideast Jordan Refugee Children Photo Essay

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It is thought that about 2.8 million Syrian children – inside and outside the country – are missing out on getting an education because of the devastating impact of the civil war. Many refugee camps are now trying to incorporate classes into the everyday.

Mideast Lebanon Syria Elections

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A Syrian girl looks through her tent window at a temporary refugee camp in the eastern Lebanese town of Marj, near the border with Syria.

Mideast Lebanon Syria Elections

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Back inside, the boy pictured in the above two images, enjoys some food at the Marj temporary camp.

Mideast Lebanon Syria Elections

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Two men and a little boy at the Lebanese camp. About 1.1 Syrian refugees are dispersed across camps in the country.

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