Falling bombs, plumes of smoke - another deadly airstrike. Yet, for the Syrian people, it is hard to know who is responsible anymore. It could be a terrorist group, the international coalition or the regime. Ten years on, Syria’s brutal civil war is far from over.
13.1 million people require humanitarian assistance, including more than 2 million people trapped in inaccessible areas. Many have fled to neighbouring states - a mass exodus - where new threats surface. As fighting intensifies in the north east of the country, some Syrian refugees and IDPs have made a break for ‘home’. Families return to face crippling food shortages and scarce access to food, water and healthcare - a land once steeped in history, reduced to rubble.
The toll on Syrian women has been particularly ruthless. Many are now the sole providers for their families, after losing husbands and fathers to the war. Children, traumatised and exposed, face a number of acute threats to their safety and wellbeing including sexual violence and abduction. More than a third of the country’s schools are either damaged or destroyed, leaving no safe haven.