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A photographer wants you to see where these war-affected children sleep

Middle East News
Thu, 14 Jul 2016
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An estimated 2.5 million children have been forced from their homes in war-stricken Syria.

As the Syrian conflict refuses to end, one-in-three Syrian refugee children have never known anything but war and flight.

Swedish photojournalist Magnus Wennman, a two-time winner of the World Press Photo Award, decided to use his photography to raise awareness by portraying the realities and tragic consequences for the youngest and most vulnerable refugees.

“I came up with this idea that I wanted to document where the refugee children sleep,” said Wennman. “No matter how hard this conflict may be to understand, it’s not hard to understand that children need a safe place to sleep.”

In early 2015, Wennman traveled through seven countries in the Middle East and Europe where he met refugee children who showed him where they lay their heads at night.

The result is ‘Where the Children Sleep,’ which puts faces, names, and stories to the millions of refugee children who now spend the night in camps, in fields, outside closed borders, and on the side of the road now that their lives have been violently uprooted.

Wennman has partnered with UNHCR to display these photos in the United States to raise awareness about refugee children.

Click next to see powerful photos Wennman’s ‘Where the Children Sleep’

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