In his caption, Wennman writes: "Fatima is from Idlib in Syria. At night she dreams that she falls off a boat in the middle of the ocean. The same boat that smuggled them from Libya to the Italian coast a while ago."
The Swedish news photographer captured images of Syrian children on the Serbian-Hungarian border, in a refugee camp and in a hospital in Jordan.
In these heart-wrenching photos, we learn of their lives in Syria, their escape and the nightmares they continue to live with.
Ralia, 7, and Rahaf, 13, lives on the street in Beirut. They come from Damascus, where a grenade killed their mother and brother. Together with their father, they have slept on the sidewalk for a year. They are always close to each other. Rahaf says she is afraid of "bad boys". When she says it Ralia starts to cry. Tomorrow you can se/read more about where the Syrian refugee children sleep when we start our series #jagbryrmig in @aftonbladetnyheter #syria #beirut #refugees #childrenofsyria #syrien #homeless #photojournalism #work
Moyad, 5, and his mother wanted to bake a pie. Hand in hand they went to the market in Daraa to by some flour. They walked by a taxi, where someone had placed a bomb. Moyads mother died immediately. The boy, flown to Jordan, has shrapnel in his head, his back and his pelvis. Tomorrow you can se/read more about where the Syrian refugee children sleep when we start our series #jagbryrmig in @aftonbladetnyheter #syria #amman #jordan #war #refugees #childrenofsyria #syrien #homeless #photojournalism #work
Fara, 2, loves football. Her father tries to make footballs of all the material he could find. Every night when he says good night to Fara, and her older sister Tisam, 9, he hopes that they will wake up to a new day when they will get a real football to play with. All other dreams feels unattainable for him. Tomorrow you can se/read more about where the Syrian refugee children sleep when we start our series #jagbryrmig in @aftonbladetnyheter #syria #amman #jordan #war #refugees #childrenofsyria #syrien #homeless #photojournalism #work
Mohammed, 13, loves houses. Back home, in Aleppo, he used to enjoy walking around the city looking at them. Now, many of his favourite buildings are gone, blown to pieces. Lying in his hospital bed, he wonders whether he will ever fulfill his dream of becoming an architect. “The strangest thing about war is that you get used to feeling scared. I wouldn’t have believed that,” says Mohammed. // link to full article in my bio.
There’s a difference between closing your eyes and sleeping, as six-year-old Gulistan knows. She prefers to shut her eyes and just pretend, because every time she really falls asleep, the nightmares start. “I don’t want to sleep here. I want to sleep at home,” she says. She misses the pillow she had in Kobane. Sometimes she lies against her mother and uses her as a pillow. // link to full article in my bio
Walaa, 5, wants to go home. She had her own room in Aleppo, she tells us. There, she never used to cry at bedtime. Here, in the refugee camp, she cries every night. Resting her head on the pillow is horrible, she says, because nighttime is horrible. That was when the attacks happened. By day, Walaa’s mother often builds a little house out of pillows, to teach her that they are nothing to be afraid of. // link to full article in my bio
Shiraz, 9, was three months old when she was stricken with a severe fever. The doctor diagnosed polio and advised her parents to not spend too much money on medicine for the girl who "didn't have a chance." Then the war came. Her mother, Leila, starts crying when she describes how she wrapped the girl in a blanket and carried her over the border from Kobane to Turkey. Shiraz, who can't talk, received a wooden cradle in the refugee camp. She lies there. Day and night. Link to the full story in my bio! #jagbryrmig #icare #syria #kobane #suruc #turkey #refugee #polio #photojournalism
Fatima is nine years old and lives in a rental apartment in Norberg, Sweden with her mother Malachi and two brothers. Fatima is from Idlib in Syria. At night she dreams that she falls of a boat in the middle of the ocean. The same boat that smuggled them from Libya to the Italian coast a while ago. #syria #refugee #nightmare #dream #photojournalism #work #canon #fatima
Radwan and his seven months old baby Muhammed hiding on the Serbian fields in the light of the moon. They will try to cross the border to Hungary illegally. They have to force the barb wire and hundreds of Hungarian policemen. One small step on their journey to reach Germany. #icare #syria #hungary #serbia #refugees #war #photojournalism #work @aftonbladetnyheter
Serbian/Hungarian border. Today. Thousands of refugees are still waiting at the Hungarian border. No one knows what will happen now. This Iraqi girl was sleeping in the forest near the border. The refugees I talked to say they can't go any other way. They don't understand why they can't pass thru Hungary. Most of them want to go to Germany. At the border gates people are shouting "Open the gate!" And "We love Merkel!" #Syrian #iraq #refugee #border #hungary #serbia #merkel #germany #war #photojournalism
Today, you will find my story "Where the children sleep" on aftonbladet.se. Link is in my bio. And on Thursday my exhibition (with the same name) will open at @fotografiska. Sham 1 year old Roszke/Horgos. In the very front, just alongside the border between Serbia and Hungary by the 4-meter-high iron gate, Sham is laying in his mother’s arms. Just a few decimeters behind them is the Europe they so desperately are trying to reach. Only one day before, the last refugees were allowed through and taken by train to Austria. But Sham and his mother arrived too late, along with thousands of other refugees who now wait outside the closed Hungarian border.
Since the photos were released, people are reacting positively to Wennman's images.
This is important documentation. What we're witnessing here is the birth of a disenfranchised, displaced generation. https://t.co/1Aijqmone6— Alexandra Khan (@alxkhn) November 18, 2015
Over one million Syrian refugees are under the age of 12. https://t.co/HqRdXYRD9t— Melanie Starling (@melaniestarling) November 18, 2015
Let's remember these when talking about refugees: Haunting images of Syria's lost childrenNovember 18, 2015