Burnt, Starved, and Idle: A Syrian Family Clings to Life Under Siege

Collection with 13 media items created by adrian

08 Aug 2014 09:47

April 24, 2014
al-Hanboushe, Syria

10 year old Abdullah suffers from burns on the lower part of his body that he received six months ago from an exploding shell. His family is unable to afford any medicine or treatment for his burns and, consequently, Abdullah is immobile and unable to attend school or work to support his family. He lives in his besieged, war torn village of Al Hanboushe, in Syria's Idlib province, with his mother, his ill father, and his siblings. His family shares a small, two-room house with his Aunt, who's husband was killed recently in an air raid, his grandparents, and his five cousins. Food is scarce and there are no able bodied adult males to provide for the family; Abdullah's grandfather is too old and frail to work.

Given that there is no one in Abdullah's family who is able to work, the family is forced to live off of the kindness of their neighbors and any food they can find in the surrounding fields. In short, Abdullah's family's daily existence is one of physical pain, boredom and hopelessness, with little end of the suffering in sight.

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By Omar Al Khani
23 Apr 2014

Abdullah. Abdullah has had no medical care in six months. His town lacks any hospital or clinic, the nearest hospital is 95km away.

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By Omar Al Khani
24 Apr 2014

1 year old Hassan, the youngest in the house, with his mother who wishes him a future better than her own.

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By Omar Al Khani
24 Apr 2014

Abdulhamid (79 years old) lost the ability to talk because of a recent heart attack. Although he is the oldest male in the family, he is not able to provide for the household because of his health condition.

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By Omar Al Khani
24 Apr 2014

Aminah (65 years old) cleans a barrel that will be filled with drinking water. The only water sources in the village are two artesian wells filled with rainwater from the previous winter.

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By Omar Al Khani
23 Apr 2014

Abdullah's severely burnt legs. Abdullah was burnt by shell fire in his village and he now needs a skin transplant to be able to walk again. Some doctors advised the family to use honey on his skin as a supplementary treatment. However, they cannot afford the cost.

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By Omar Al Khani
24 Apr 2014

Abdullah sitting idle in his family home. 5 year old Abdullah is confined to the house because he is not able to walk. His mother is responsible for taking care of all of his needs.

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By Omar Al Khani
24 Apr 2014

The family kitchen. This kitchen is what is used to feed all 13 family members. The children collect firewood from neighboring farms which their mother uses to heat the water and sterilize milk for the baby.

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By Omar Al Khani
24 Apr 2014

This oven has not been used for the last ten months because there is no available flour with which to make bread. Flour used to be provided by the Idlib municipality, but since the outbreak of hostilities in the area, the Syrian government has stopped the flow of supplies to the town and imposed an economic and military siege on the whole area.

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By Omar Al Khani
24 Apr 2014

14-year-old Nada would not look at the camera. She initially thought the photographer was part of a charity. She dreams of becoming a pharmacist.

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By Omar Al Khani
24 Apr 2014

The family's footwear. Abdullah lives in a small two room house with 13 family members (children, women and old).

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By Omar Al Khani
24 Apr 2014

These children lost their father when the town was shelled 8 months ago. They now live in the same house with their aunt and their mothers family.

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By Omar Al Khani
23 Apr 2014

Abdullah's grandmother stares in the direction of her grandson, but she is not able to recognize him because she is 80% blind in both eyes. Like many in Abdullah's family, his grandmother is unable to help provide for the family because of her health and age.

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By Omar Al Khani
24 Apr 2014

Most of the family spends their time in this one room. As there is no work and little security in the village, the family spends the majority of their time doing nothing.