Memories of Home


Syrian refugee Hale Selim, 13, shows her drawing of home in her tent in Yayladagi refugee camp in Hatay province near the Turkish-Syrian border, Turkey, December 16, 2015. (Photo by Umit Bektas/Reuters)



Syrian refugee Rahaf Kahya, 13, holds paper with writing in Arabic that reads: "There is no god only Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. Free Syria" in Nizip refugee camp in Gaziantep province, Turkey, December 13, 2015. (Photo by Umit Bektas/Reuters)



Syrian refugee Ahmet Abdulkadir, 17, shows his drawing of home as he sits in a mosque in Nizip refugee camp in Gaziantep province, Turkey, December 13, 2015. (Photo by Umit Bektas/Reuters)



Syrian refugee Kamer Topalca, 18, holds a sign that reads: "My god save us. Let us to return back to our homeland safe. Let us live happily" in Yayladagi refugee camp in Hatay province near the Turkish-Syrian border, Turkey, December 16, 2015. (Photo by Umit Bektas/Reuters)



Syrian refugee boy Ali Ristmo, 7, shows his drawing depicting a mosque during a lesson with his classmates in Yayladagi refugee camp in Hatay province near the Turkish-Syrian border, Turkey, December 16, 2015. (Photo by Umit Bektas/Reuters)



Syrian refugee Ahmet Cemal, 12, shows a drawing of home as his mother and his two brothers sit next to him in their tent in Nizip refugee camp in Gaziantep province, Turkey, December 13, 2015. (Photo by Umit Bektas/Reuters)



Syrian refugee Meryem Mahmo, 14, shows a drawing of her home during a carpet weaving workshop in Midyat refugee camp in Mardin province, Turkey, December 14, 2015. The Arabic writing on the picture reads: "I want my home. I miss you Syria". (Photo by Umit Bektas/Reuters)



Syrian refugee Islem Halife, 11, shows a drawing of her home in Syria, as she sits in a classroom where she learns the Quran in Nizip refugee camp in Gaziantep province, Turkey, December 13, 2015. The writing in Arabic in the drawing reads, "God is great". Syria's conflict has left hundreds of thousands dead, pushed millions more into exile, and had a profound effect on children who lost their homes or got caught up in the bloodletting. The drawings of young refugees living in Turkey show their memories of home and hopes for its future. The pictures also point to the mental scars borne by 2.3 million Syrian refugees living in Turkey, more than half of them children. (Photo by Umit Bektas/Reuters)





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