Syrian youth in their own words

Three young children smile at Zaatari camp.

For young Syrians, it’s not just the horrors of war that haunt them — it’s the reality of loss and what they face every day now as refugees. These children went to school, played sports, celebrated birthday parties before their country was torn apart by conflict. Now they are sleeping in tents or derelict shelters, living without water or electricity, and unsure what their future holds.

We visited with ten children at Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, where Mercy Corps runs 13 Child Friendly Spaces that serve over 2,700 children. We’ve also built two sports courts, an IT lab with computer training, an arts and crafts hall and a Youth Center with a gym that offers weights, boxing, wrestling, tae-kwon-do, aerobics and dance classes.

In their own words, these young people tell us what it’s like to grow up without their home and what keeps them looking forward. Scroll through their photos below to meet them.