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Generation Crisis: young Syrians come of age in a decade of conflict
After a decade of conflict, Western sanctions, a financial collapse in next-door Lebanon, and now, the global pandemic, life for young Syrians that have come of age during the war is far from normal.
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January 12, 2021
Ghenwa, 21, a trainee flight attendant, sits in the backseat of her friend's car in Damascus, Syria,...
Damascus, Syria
The Wider Image: Generation Crisis: young Syrians come of age in a decade of conflict
Ghenwa, 21, a trainee flight attendant, sits in the backseat of her friend's car in Damascus, Syria, January 12, 2021. The freedom to travel was the main reason Ghenwa decided to train as an air hostess, having dropped out of university where she was studying architecture. "I'm Syrian and I can't travel at the moment except through this opportunity," said Ghenwa. "It's the only opportunity that makes me feel I can move faster... to feel the freedom of borders." REUTERS/Yamam al Shaar TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY SEARCH "SHAAR YOUTH" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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April 19, 2021
A picture of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is reflected in a mirror, as a man cycles along a highway...
Damascus, Syria
The Wider Image: Generation Crisis: young Syrians come of age in a decade of conflict
A picture of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is reflected in a mirror, as a man cycles along a highway in Damascus, Syria, April 19, 2021. REUTERS/Yamam al Shaar SEARCH "SHAAR YOUTH" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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April 07, 2021
Ghenwa, 21, a trainee flight attendant, poses for a photograph in her room in Damascus, Syria, April...
Damascus, Syria
The Wider Image: Generation Crisis: young Syrians come of age in a decade of conflict
Ghenwa, 21, a trainee flight attendant, poses for a photograph in her room in Damascus, Syria, April 7, 2021. The freedom to travel was the main reason Ghenwa decided to train as an air hostess, having dropped out of university where she was studying architecture. "I'm Syrian and I can't travel at the moment except through this opportunity," said Ghenwa. "It's the only opportunity that makes me feel I can move faster... to feel the freedom of borders." REUTERS/Yamam al Shaar TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY SEARCH "SHAAR YOUTH" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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January 01, 2000
Jawad, 23, an electronic music DJ, plays techno music as he hosts an after party at his home in Damascus,...
Damascus, Syria
The Wider Image: Generation Crisis: young Syrians come of age in a decade of conflict
Jawad, 23, an electronic music DJ, plays techno music as he hosts an after party at his home in Damascus, Syria, February 10, 2021. Jawad, who returned in 2019 to a Syria he barely recognised, after spending the war years in Dubai for safety, says music is his escape from the harsh realities of the country he came back to. "It was a big shock, everything without lights... no electricity but despite all the exhaustion and sadness on people's faces we have hope that everything will be fixed," he said. REUTERS/Yamam al Shaar SEARCH "SHAAR YOUTH" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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December 05, 2020
Ali, 24, an IT student, and Jawad, 23, an electronic music DJ, discuss where the after party is going...
Damascus, Syria
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Ali, 24, an IT student, and Jawad, 23, an electronic music DJ, discuss where the after party is going to take place in Damascus, Syria, December 5, 2020. Ali says he could talk for days about the things that affected him during the war. "There wasn't a day that passed by without taking something from us," he said. "It was a bad experience to live in a war zone for what is supposed to be the best ten years of your life." REUTERS/Yamam al Shaar SEARCH "SHAAR YOUTH" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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October 22, 2020
Ali, 24, an IT student, and Jawad, 23, an electronic music DJ, spend time at Jawad's home, before going...
Damascus, Syria
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Ali, 24, an IT student, and Jawad, 23, an electronic music DJ, spend time at Jawad's home, before going to a party in Damascus, Syria, October 22, 2020. Jawad, who returned in 2019 to a Syria he barely recognised, after spending the war years in Dubai for safety, says music is his escape from the harsh realities of the country he came back to. "It was a big shock, everything without lights... no electricity but despite all the exhaustion and sadness on people's faces we have hope that everything will be fixed," he said. REUTERS/Yamam al Shaar SEARCH "SHAAR YOUTH" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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November 16, 2020
Yara, 33, a lawyer by day and a music DJ by night, plays techno music at an after party at her friend's...
Damascus, Syria
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Yara, 33, a lawyer by day and a music DJ by night, plays techno music at an after party at her friend's house in Damascus, Syria, November 16, 2020. Yara lives alone with her parents after three of her siblings left to live abroad. She used to have a busy life between her work, yoga, cooking and her passion for music but now she says she can only manage one task a day. "Putting fuel in my car for example after hours of waiting in line," she said. Yara preferred to stay in Syria throughout the conflict despite the dangers involved. "I didn't like the way other countries were treating Syrians, so I didn't want to lose the respect I have here, to get some pity from people who know nothing about us, even if that meant living my life in danger." Yara was near the Damascus courthouse when a suicide bombing took place in 2017. "It was a horrible experience... to see your colleagues' dead bodies around you and at the same time needing to help the injured and rush them to hospital." REUTERS/Yamam al Shaar SEARCH "SHAAR YOUTH" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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January 01, 2000
Jawad 23, an electronic music DJ, works on his laptop as he sits with his friends at his home in Damascus,...
Damascus, Syria
The Wider Image: Generation Crisis: young Syrians come of age in a decade of conflict
Jawad 23, an electronic music DJ, works on his laptop as he sits with his friends at his home in Damascus, Syria February 14, 2021. Jawad, who returned in 2019 to a Syria he barely recognised, after spending the war years in Dubai for safety, says music is his escape from the harsh realities of the country he came back to. "It was a big shock, everything without lights... no electricity but despite all the exhaustion and sadness on people's faces we have hope that everything will be fixed," he said. REUTERS/Yamam al Shaar SEARCH "SHAAR YOUTH" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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January 01, 2000
Ali, 25, an IT student, poses for a photograph with lights wrapped around his head, in Damascus, Syria,...
Damascus, Syria
The Wider Image: Generation Crisis: young Syrians come of age in a decade of conflict
Ali, 25, an IT student, poses for a photograph with lights wrapped around his head, in Damascus, Syria, March 5, 2021. Ali says he could talk for days about the things that affected him during the war. "There wasn't a day that passed by without taking something from us," he said. "It was a bad experience to live in a war zone for what is supposed to be the best ten years of your life." REUTERS/Yamam al Shaar SEARCH "SHAAR YOUTH" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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January 01, 2000
Ali, 25, an IT student, smokes a cigarette with his friend as he hosts an after party at his home in...
Damascus, Syria
The Wider Image: Generation Crisis: young Syrians come of age in a decade of conflict
Ali, 25, an IT student, smokes a cigarette with his friend as he hosts an after party at his home in Damascus, Syria, March 5, 2021. Ali says he could talk for days about the things that affected him during the war. "There wasn't a day that passed by without taking something from us," he said. "It was a bad experience to live in a war zone for what is supposed to be the best ten years of your life." REUTERS/Yamam al Shaar SEARCH "SHAAR YOUTH" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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January 01, 2000
Roleen, 25, a model, heads to an after party in Damascus, Syria, February 10, 2021. "I feel if I were...
Damascus, Syria
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Roleen, 25, a model, heads to an after party in Damascus, Syria, February 10, 2021. "I feel if I were elsewhere, I would not be present... Every time I try to explain to anyone about life in Syria, I feel they are giving me this strange look that I am exaggerating, or I am being a drama queen. I would like them to know about the people living in Syria and how much the Syrian people love life and how happiness suits them. Companionships are the only thing that is helping me to overcome this fatigue that's present in my life," said Roleen. "Life is all about relationships and friendships... I'm so happy that it (the music scene) is growing and growing.. that people are finally getting the idea of living their lives and enjoying it... Music is the language of love you can communicate without talking, you can just dance and let go and I'm happy that people are dancing and letting go instead of war and violence." REUTERS/Yamam al Shaar SEARCH "SHAAR YOUTH" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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January 01, 2000
Jawad, 23, an electronic music DJ, smokes a cigarette as he tries on glasses in Damascus, Syria, February...
Damascus, Syria
The Wider Image: Generation Crisis: young Syrians come of age in a decade of conflict
Jawad, 23, an electronic music DJ, smokes a cigarette as he tries on glasses in Damascus, Syria, February 13, 2021. Jawad, who returned in 2019 to a Syria he barely recognised, after spending the war years in Dubai for safety, says music is his escape from the harsh realities of the country he came back to. "It was a big shock, everything without lights... no electricity but despite all the exhaustion and sadness on people's faces we have hope that everything will be fixed," he said. REUTERS/Yamam al Shaar SEARCH "SHAAR YOUTH" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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October 06, 2020
Ghenwa, 20, a trainee flight attendant, poses for a photograph in her room in Damascus, Syria, October...
Damascus, Syria
The Wider Image: Generation Crisis: young Syrians come of age in a decade of conflict
Ghenwa, 20, a trainee flight attendant, poses for a photograph in her room in Damascus, Syria, October 6, 2020. The freedom to travel was the main reason Ghenwa decided to train as an air hostess, having dropped out of university where she was studying architecture. "I'm Syrian and I can't travel at the moment except through this opportunity," said Ghenwa. "It's the only opportunity that makes me feel I can move faster... to feel the freedom of borders." REUTERS/Yamam al Shaar SEARCH "SHAAR YOUTH" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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April 07, 2021
Ghenwa, 21, a trainee flight attendant, and Assala, 21, an architecture student, prepare to model for...
Damascus, Syria
The Wider Image: Generation Crisis: young Syrians come of age in a decade of conflict
Ghenwa, 21, a trainee flight attendant, and Assala, 21, an architecture student, prepare to model for a student project photoshoot in Damascus, Syria, April 7, 2021. "I feel sorry about life in Damascus," said Assala. "I'll definitely leave Syria when I graduate from my university." REUTERS/Yamam al Shaar SEARCH "SHAAR YOUTH" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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January 01, 2000
Aya, 24, a chef, rests as she gets a tattoo on her neck at her friend's house in Damascus, Syria, March...
Damascus, Syria
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Aya, 24, a chef, rests as she gets a tattoo on her neck at her friend's house in Damascus, Syria, March 3, 2021. REUTERS/Yamam al Shaar SEARCH "SHAAR YOUTH" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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December 04, 2020
Souna, 25, a business manager, arrives at a party in Damascus, Syria, December 4, 2020. "I want to travel,...
Damascus, Syria
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Souna, 25, a business manager, arrives at a party in Damascus, Syria, December 4, 2020. "I want to travel, visit the world, and come back to Syria," said Souna. "Honestly, life in Syria is difficult and very tiring but... sometimes I enjoy the difficulties. Things move very slowly... The good feeling of seeing my loved ones compensates for the difficulties I currently face." REUTERS/Yamam al Shaar SEARCH "SHAAR YOUTH" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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December 03, 2020
Souna, 25, a business manager, takes a selfie in her room in Damascus, Syria, December 3, 2020. "I want...
Damascus, Syria
The Wider Image: Generation Crisis: young Syrians come of age in a decade of conflict
Souna, 25, a business manager, takes a selfie in her room in Damascus, Syria, December 3, 2020. "I want to travel, visit the world, and come back to Syria," said Souna. "Honestly, life in Syria is difficult and very tiring but... sometimes I enjoy the difficulties. Things move very slowly... The good feeling of seeing my loved ones compensates for the difficulties I currently face." REUTERS/Yamam al Shaar SEARCH "SHAAR YOUTH" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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November 24, 2020
Ghenwa, 20, a trainee flight attendant, poses for a photograph in her friend's shower room in Damascus,...
Damascus, Syria
The Wider Image: Generation Crisis: young Syrians come of age in a decade of conflict
Ghenwa, 20, a trainee flight attendant, poses for a photograph in her friend's shower room in Damascus, Syria November 24, 2020. The freedom to travel was the main reason Ghenwa decided to train as an air hostess, having dropped out of university where she was studying architecture. "I'm Syrian and I can't travel at the moment except through this opportunity," said Ghenwa. "It's the only opportunity that makes me feel I can move faster... to feel the freedom of borders." REUTERS/Yamam al Shaar SEARCH "SHAAR YOUTH" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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October 13, 2020
Ghenwa, 20, a trainee flight attendant and Souna, 25, a business manager, spend time together in a bedroom...
Damascus, Syria
The Wider Image: Generation Crisis: young Syrians come of age in a decade of conflict
Ghenwa, 20, a trainee flight attendant and Souna, 25, a business manager, spend time together in a bedroom in Damascus, Syria, October 13, 2020. "I want to travel, visit the world, and come back to Syria," said Souna. "Honestly, life in Syria is difficult and very tiring but... sometimes I enjoy the difficulties. Things move very slowly... The good feeling of seeing my loved ones compensates for the difficulties I currently face." REUTERS/Yamam al Shaar SEARCH "SHAAR YOUTH" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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November 27, 2020
Ghenwa, 20, a trainee flight attendant, dances on her birthday, at an after party in Damascus, Syria,...
Damascus, Syria
The Wider Image: Generation Crisis: young Syrians come of age in a decade of conflict
Ghenwa, 20, a trainee flight attendant, dances on her birthday, at an after party in Damascus, Syria, November 27, 2020. The freedom to travel was the main reason Ghenwa decided to train as an air hostess, having dropped out of university where she was studying architecture. "I'm Syrian and I can't travel at the moment except through this opportunity," said Ghenwa. "It's the only opportunity that makes me feel I can move faster... to feel the freedom of borders." REUTERS/Yamam al Shaar SEARCH "SHAAR YOUTH" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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May 14, 2021
Ghenwa, 21, a trainee flight attendant and Assala, 21, an architecture student, dance at a techno music...
Damascus, Syria
The Wider Image: Generation Crisis: young Syrians come of age in a decade of conflict
Ghenwa, 21, a trainee flight attendant and Assala, 21, an architecture student, dance at a techno music party in Damascus, Syria, May 14, 2021. The freedom to travel was the main reason Ghenwa decided to train as an air hostess, having dropped out of university where she was studying architecture. "I'm Syrian and I can't travel at the moment except through this opportunity," said Ghenwa. "It's the only opportunity that makes me feel I can move faster... to feel the freedom of borders." REUTERS/Yamam al Shaar SEARCH "SHAAR YOUTH" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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October 12, 2020
Ghenwa, 20, a trainee flight attendant, Souna, 25, a business manager, Karam, 23, a DJ, and Ali, 24,...
Damascus, Syria
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Ghenwa, 20, a trainee flight attendant, Souna, 25, a business manager, Karam, 23, a DJ, and Ali, 24, an IT student, go bowling in Damascus, Syria, October 12, 2020. "I feel like I must either stay this way - careless... or I will go insane," said Karam. REUTERS/Yamam al Shaar SEARCH "SHAAR YOUTH" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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October 12, 2020
Souna, 25, a business manager, and Karam, 23, a DJ, go bowling with their friends in Damascus, Syria,...
Damascus, Syria
The Wider Image: Generation Crisis: young Syrians come of age in a decade of conflict
Souna, 25, a business manager, and Karam, 23, a DJ, go bowling with their friends in Damascus, Syria, October 12, 2020. "I feel like I must either stay this way - careless... or I will go insane," said Karam. REUTERS/Yamam al Shaar SEARCH "SHAAR YOUTH" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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January 01, 2000
Ghenwa, 21, a trainee flight attendant, studies for exams in her room in Damascus, Syria, January 3,...
Damascus, Syria
The Wider Image: Generation Crisis: young Syrians come of age in a decade of conflict
Ghenwa, 21, a trainee flight attendant, studies for exams in her room in Damascus, Syria, January 3, 2021. The freedom to travel was the main reason Ghenwa decided to train as an air hostess, having dropped out of university where she was studying architecture. "I'm Syrian and I can't travel at the moment except through this opportunity," said Ghenwa. "It's the only opportunity that makes me feel I can move faster... to feel the freedom of borders." REUTERS/Yamam al Shaar SEARCH "SHAAR YOUTH" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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April 22, 2021
A general view shows Damascus, Syria, April 22, 2021. REUTERS/Yamam al Shaar SEARCH "SHAAR YOUTH"...
Damascus, Syria
The Wider Image: Generation Crisis: young Syrians come of age in a decade of conflict
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