Children in Idlib province live in very difficult conditions, most photos explain their situation between 2017 and 2019

Homeless children search and read among books in the rubbish. (Photo date 30 Mar 2017)

There are no official statistics, but a large number of children in Idlib drop out of school every year due to poverty and the destruction of schools during the war that erupted following excessive violence by government forces to end the Syrian revolution since 2011.

Children turn to work in exhausting professions to support their parents instead of studying. (Photo date 12 March 2017)

With the involvement of children and their parents in a different environment and jobs that may transmit dangerous diseases, the Director of Education of the Syrian Interim Government started a race against time to vaccinate children for. (Photos date 6 March 2017)

NGOs had another vital role in caring for children.

Syria Charity, a Syrian NGO based in France, has been playing a vital role in organizing periodic parties to entertain children who lost their parents during the war. (Photos date 24 May 2017)

For example, organizing a birthday party for an orphan, who lost her mother as a result of bombing by the Syrian-Russian coalition on Idlib.

Similar parties were disliked by some Islamic groups in Idlib. The charity was accused of organizing parties that encourage immorality and encourage mixing between women and men, so it closed its offices in Idlib eventually under similar pressure.

New activities began to emerge and develop rapidly in the region.

To get rid of the problem of destroyed schools and the collapse of the educational sector, the displaced people from the Syrian cities surrounding Idlib tried to establish private schools and kindergartens, with volunteer teaching staff in most cases. (Photos date 11 December 2017)

They regularly organize graduation parties for children to encourage them to continue their studies.

Although private schools were a vital step, but they caught the attention of merchants, who began establishing private schools, which doubled the collapse of the free public education sector and raised private school fees.

Often university students join voluntarily to organize children’s parties to encourage them to continue their studies. (Photos date 7 November 2017)

Studying was very terrifying for the children, as the Russian and Syrian planes were flying over the area and launching attacks on a daily basis, many of which targeted children’s schools.

In late October 2016, two Syrian warplanes took turns for 20 minutes to bomb schools in the city of Hass, south of Idlib province, killing 38 civilians, including 18 children, according to the Paris-based Syrian Network for Human Rights.

According to the network, the Syrian forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad killed about 23,000 children from the beginning of 2011 to September 2022.

More than 6.5 million children in Syria are in need of assistance, the highest ever recorded since the beginning of the crisis, more than 11 years ago, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) told in a statement on May 2022.