As the crisis continues, the friendship between these two young boys is easily readable in this week’s photograph taken by Karin Schermbrucker in the Domiz refugee camp, in the northern Dohuk Governorate in Iraq in 2014. This photograph reminds audiences in other parts of the world that the children affected by this crisis are just like their own, needing the normality of friendships and childhood play.
Over 2.8 million people have now fled the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic, seeking refuge in nearby Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Many of these refugees continue to face inadequate access to basic services, such as education, health care, water and sanitation – a risk that is even greater for the 85 per cent of Syrian refugees living outside formal camps.
Christine Nesbitt is UNICEF’s Senior Photography Editor
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