Syria Civil War: 9 Vivid Photos Showing Life Inside Syria

Anna Therese Day has been reporting in war torn Syria for the past several months. These are her most recent photos.

1) Welcome to Syria.


A Syrian driver brings food supplies between Syria and Turkey. Though he is a civilian, he was not spared by the ongoing aerial assaults of the al-Assad regime.

2) The border.


This fall, thousands of Syrian refugees established makeshift camps along the Syrian-Turkish border, awaiting entry into the formal refugee camps in Turkey. Over 500,000 Syrian refugees have fled to regional countries, including Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey.

3) In limbo.


Children gather water for their families at the makeshift camps for the thousands of Syrian refugees awaiting entry into Turkey. According to UNHCR Spokesperson, Sybella Wilkes, the majority of the refugees are young children.

4) Nouma, mother of 5. 


Nouma, mother of 5, sits with her mother and family in their makeshift tent, awaiting entry into Turkey. Her family’s home was shelled as well as the factory in which her husband worked. Suddenly jobless and homeless, Nouma says she just wants to get into Turkey. “We’re not safe here. No where is safe in Free Syria until Bashar’s airplanes [from the aerial bombardments] are stopped,” she says.

5) Young men join the Free Syrian Army.


With their lives on hold, young men of all backgrounds have joined the Free Syrian Army. Human rights organizations, however, are closely watching the conduct of all armed groups – not just the al-Assad government – and abuses, like child soldiers, have already surfaced.

6)  The jungle gym.


In the northern Syrian town of Azaz, children play amidst the rubble of their former neighborhoods. This tank is town's new jungle gym. After being denied entry into Turkey, some Syrian families have returned to their neighborhoods, risking their lives to avoid the conditions of the makeshift border communities.

7) Rebuilding.


After his factory was shelled by the al-Assad regime, this elderly Syrian man worked to rebuild his life. “It’s all I had. What else can I do?” he says.

8) Liberated.


A child’s backpack was found amidst the rubble of the “liberated” Syrian border town, Azaz.

9) Eyes to the sky. 


Civilians in the “liberated” northern Syrian towns kept their eyes to the skies this fall in anticipation and trepidation from the ongoing aerial bombardments of the al-Assad regime. This boy was keeping an eye on the approaching jets after a day of several shellings in his town, al-Bab.

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Anna Therese Day

Anna Therese Day is a freelance journalist, producer, and fiction writer. She is a 2013 Fulbright Fellow, a 2012 UN Press Fellow and was named one of Google Zeitgeist’s top 30 Great Young Minds of Our Time in 2011. On the ground in Bahrain, Brazil, Egypt, Gaza, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Mexico, the Palestinian Territories, Syria, and Turkey, her coverage focuses on American foreign policy, women’s issues, and youth organizing. Her work has been featured in a variety of media outlets, including CNN International, the BBC, Al Jazeera English, and numerous print outlets, translated into Arabic, English, Hebrew, and Spanish. Day is a founding board member of The Frontline Freelance Register, a representative body for freelance conflict journalists, by freelance conflict journalists. You can follow her on-the-ground at @AnnaOfArabia on Twitter or at www.AnnaThereseDay.com.

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