Photographer Reveals Where Syrian Child Refugees Sleep5.1k views
Magnus Wennman, an award-winning photojournalist from Stockholm, has published a gutwrenching photo series revealing what is happening to the children in the Middle East and on Europe’s doorstep as they flee the conflict in Syria. To create “Where The Children Sleep,” he traveled throughout the regions where these children and their families are fleeing to to tell us their stories.
In an interview with CNN, Wennman, who took the photos for the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, said that the conflict and the crisis can be difficult for people to understand, “but there is nothing hard to understand about how children need a safe place to sleep. That is easy to understand,” he said.
“They have lost some hope,” Wennman added. “It takes very much for a child to stop being a child and to stop having fun, even in really bad places.”
1. Lamar, 5 years old, Horgos, Serbia
Back home in Baghdad, the dolls, the toy train, and the ball are left; Lamar often talks about these items when home is mentioned. The bomb changed everything. The family was on its way to buy food when it was dropped close to their house. It was not possible to live there anymore, says Lamar’s grandmother, Sara. After two attempts to cross the sea from Turkey in a small, rubber boat, they succeeded in coming here to Hungary’s closed border. Now Lamar sleeps on a blanket in the forest, scared, frozen, and sad.