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Syria’s Lost Generation: Journalists
Give Voice to War’s Young Refugees

More than two decades after photojournalist Ed Kashi documented Kurdish refugees streaming back from Iran and Turkey to their fractured homeland, he returned to the same patch of land to witness the impact of Syria’s unending civil war on what is being called a Lost Generation.

 

The plight of Syria’s youngest in the midst of that civil war is often overlooked, when not hidden in plain sight. At least 7,000 of the 130,000 estimated deaths since 2011 are thought to be children — dead too soon but, at least, spared some of the hardships now plaguing more than 1 million Syrian youth living beyond their native borders: hunger; disease; little to no education; flashbacks or nightmares sparked by the sights and sounds of warfare; depression.

 

As the unimaginably brutal conflict ends its third year, Kashi and Julie Winokur, who co-founded Talking Eyes Media, collaborated on a husband-wife project to highlight the emotional toll the war is taking on the youngest of those driven from their own country. Kashi spent two weeks in northern Iraq and Jordan last November, in coordination with the International Medical Corps, and met with Syrian teenagers (and their families) profoundly rattled by the collapse of their old world and their new, unsettled life as refugees.

 

(TIME/Andrew Katz)

 

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The plight of Syria’s youngest in the midst of that civil war is often overlooked, when not hidden in plain sight.