Reference : V-P-SY-E-00902
Date : 28/05/2019
Country/Region : SYRIA
Caption : North East Syria, Al Hassakeh Governorate, Al Hol camp for internally displaced persons. This 13-year-old boy has been living in the camp with his parents and his seven siblings for about five months.
Photographer : YOUSEF, Ali
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : "I just passed first grade and I am in second grade now", he says proudly. "I know how to write and read. Not perfectly though, I can only read a little", he adds. "My only wish is to get out of this camp. I used to have a best life outside the camp. I used to work with my father and to get an allowance. I was free to spend it whenever I wanted", he says. "I am always scared for my family. The whirlwinds in the camp can be dangerous, they destroyed many tents", he explains.

"Moving to the camp was not an easy choice, but it was our only one", says his mother. They lost everything before coming to the camp and have nothing now. "My husband couldn't perceive what happened to us, he had a brain stroke", she adds. Her two older daughters have found jobs in the camp and the boys are helping with getting water and ice at the market, to cope with the weather. Her little girl helps her to take care of the youngest one. "Each one of us is playing a role to make living in a tent feel a bit like living at home".

The situation in the camp is overwhelming and dire. Since December 2018, more than 63,000 people arrived in the camp.
Today, about 74,000 people live here. Around 90% of those are women and children. An estimated two-thirds are children.
Resolution : 4032x3024
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour