A Generation Under Siege


Adults may be able to acknowledge the “pre-revolution” stage in Syria, before the shelling started, and before the death of dozens of people became a daily norm. They know what life used to be like, and they know what they liked and what they didn't like. But for a generation that doesn’t know much about life before death and destruction - a generation that is growing up under siege and barely has the tools needed to stay alive - things are a little different.

In the video "Homs: A Generation Under Siege," some children from besieged Homs talk about what they are missing. For example, they talk about their favorite foods. “I just want a lollipop,” says one of the little girls as she plays around what seems to be a destroyed car that has become a toy for the children in the neighborhood.

“I am missing Yousef, Maryam and Osama,” says another girl, as she talks about her school and friends. “Isn’t it unfair that we are forbidden from seeing our friends and family?” she asks. 

The video came from the besieged neighborhoods of Homs to remind us how privileged we are in our daily lives, especially compared to the people who have been living under siege for more than a year. The video was produced by the Basma (Smile) team. 

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Illustation by Dima Nechawi Graphic Design by Hesham Asaad