Syrian’s Lost Generation,

by Ed Kashi

 

The conflict in Syria has already led to more than 5 million refugees. Almost half (47%) are under the age of 18.

There is thus a whole generation at risk, and with it, a whole country. Of the millions of children and young people fleeing with their families, there are still about 15 thousand who do it unaccompanied, lying in a situation of even greater vulnerability, most of the time, an easy prey for installed organizations of human trafficking.

All these children and young people have fled from situations of horror and tragedy that can mark them forever. The psychological consequences are many and affect the vast majority of this group. The forced school abandonment and the consequent lack of literacy are a setback in the education of each one, suspended, like their lives, indefinitely.

In Syria's Lost Generation, by Ed Kashi, photojournalist, filmmaker, educator, founder of Agency VII, and who greatly honors us enabling the sharing of this film, is documented the situation of several Syrian youths in camps in Iraq and Jordan, which represent the situation of this entire generation, almost hopelessly lost.

All these young people were forced to assume responsibilities that were unknown to them, often replacing mothers and fathers, having to work in agriculture or selling small goods to help assuring their minimum needs. Unicef also reports on early marriages as a consequence of the lack of basic means of subsistence.

Ed Kashi and Julie Winokur give us in this film an intimate view of this reality, through the perspective of two young women, who mirror the portrait of an entire mortgaged generation, without the perspectives of the future with which they dreamed of, with innumerable losses, traumas and without being able to return to their homes.

There is a less and less malleable limbo where these millions of human beings are stuck, the most vulnerable group, and the one that has to be given a significant response, because every day that passes will always be and irremediably one more, which will intensify stagnation, disintegration, anger, feelings of injustice and lack of expectations.

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