The brutal war in Syria has ravaged a country. It has killed nearly 500,000 people and displaced half the population. It has destroyed lives and brutally torn away the future of an entire generation. Many Syrians have fled the country while others have chosen to stay.

Here is a snapshot of a decade of war, and some of the lives that have been affected.

In 2011, Syria had a population of around 21 million people. This Middle Eastern country borders Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, Israel and the Mediterranean Sea. It’s a country with diverse landscapes and multiple World Heritage sites.

As the so-called “Arab Spring” gained momentum across the Middle East, an uprising in Syria took hold. Very few could have predicted the path of destruction that would unfold.

GHFT works to support refugees and displaced people in over 30 countries around the world, including Syria.

2012 saw fighting escalate and expand into new areas throughout the country as the conflict descended into civil war. This photo was taken in October 2012, in Aleppo.

Before the war began, the governorate of Aleppo was the most populous in the country, home to around 5 million people. The city of Aleppo has been one of the main battlegrounds during the last ten years, and civilians have been brutally exposed.

When the Sahela border crossing between Syria and the Kurdistan region of Iraq reopened in August 2013, more than 33,000 Syrians crossed in just five days under the blazing summer sun. They were forced to flee their homes and leave most of their possessions behind in the hope of finding safety.

Yarmouk is a town south of Damascus. Before the war it was home to around 160,000 Palestinian refugees. Yarmouk became a battlefield as early as 2012. The civilian population ended up in the line of fire between the warring parties. From July 2013 the area was under siege, severely limiting access to food and other essentials.

This photograph of a sea of humanity pushing through the ruins of the destroyed neighbourhood made an impression on the whole world. The picture was taken in the third year of the Syrian war. Thousands of people in Yarmouk were desperate for their rations of very delayed, and far too scarce, emergency aid.

As the conflict grew, many desperate families crossed the Mediterranean in the hope of finding refuge in Europe. The boats they used were often unsafe, and the lifejackets were of varying quality.

This photo was taken on a beach on Lesvos, a small Greek island. Photos such as this circulated widely in 2015, when the so-called European refugee “crisis” hit its peak.

Residents of Aleppo once again faced horrific violence, as forces fought for territory. This photo was taken in the neighbourhood of Bab al-Hadid as families picked up what few belongings they could carry and headed for safety.

Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan was first set up in 2012 to shelter Syrians who were fleeing the brutal war. It quickly grew into one of the largest camps in the world for Syrian refugees.

Over 70,000 people currently live here in caravans in the middle of the desert.

Eyad was photographed here in 2017, aged 23. He was working as a pigeon breeder – his way of making a living in the camp.

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