Meet Basel. Originally from Daraa, Syria, Basel was only ten years old when he lost both of his legs, one of his arms and sustained serious injuries to his eyes. On August 8, 2014 Basel was walking home from school with friends when he saw a pile of books on the side of the road. Curious, he picked them up and an IED hidden among them detonated at his feet. Unfortunately, his story is not an uncommon one; children like Basel are conflict's most innocent victims.  Basel’s family has not been able to escape Syria. For now, Basel calls a rehabilitation center in Amman, Jordan "home" as he waits to be reunited with his family and face what can only be called an uncertain future.
       
     
 Basel, age 10.  Souriyat Across Borders; Amman, Jordan
       
     
 During my time at Souriyat Across Borders, as Basel attempted to cope with the physical and psychological trauma endured, he refused to use the prosthetic legs that had been provided for him.   Souriyat Across Borders; Amman, Jordan
       
     
 In spite of the trauma the he has endured Basel manages to enjoy moments of childish happiness. Basel loves foosball and often plays with staff and other children at the Centre.   Souriyat Across Borders; Amman, Jordan
       
     
 Art therapy is used at the Centre to help children cope, process and pass the days.   Souriyat Across Borders; Amman, Jordan
       
     
 Still refusing to use his prosthetic legs, Basel can often be seen pulling himself across the floor using his one good arm.   Souriyat Across Borders; Amman, Jordan
       
     
 Basel, age 10 Souriyat Across Borders; Amman, Jordan
       
     
 In addition to medical care, the Centre also provides an opportunity for war-wounded children to meet others who have had similar experiences. Basel and Ibrahim became quick friends.   Souriyat Across Borders; Amman, Jordan
       
     
 On April 14, 2013 Ibrahim was at home with 15 members of his family when a rocket hit the house. Among the dead were Ibrahims mother, his four sisters, two brothers, his aunt, uncle and four cousins. Only he, his father and his uncle survived.  During an interview Ibrahim described seeing a photographer taking photos amidst the chaos that followed the attack. Ibrahim confessed that he had once wanted to join the rebels and fight; now, so moved by the sight of that photographer, Ibrahim wishes to become a war correspondent, “I want to tell the truth .. about what happens to children, to people in war. I want to fight with my camera and to tell that truth without fear.”
       
     
 Following his injury, it took Ibrahim and his Father several months to escape Syria. In that time, Ibrahim’s leg became seriously infected and atrophied.   Souriyat Across Border; Amman, Jordan
       
     
 Several patients at the Centre, including Ibrahim and Basel, play video games between meals and treatments. The community and fast friendships formed over traumatic events are equally heartbreaking and heartwarming.   Souriyat Across Borders; Amman, Jordan
       
     
 Nurses discuss Ibrahim’s medical care after changing the bandages on his injured leg.   Souriyat Across Borders; Amman, Jordan
       
     
 Ibrahim shows off the new camera that several of us were able to gift him. With aspirations to become a war photographer so that “the world can know the truth about what war does to children” it was the least that could be done for the young man.   Souriyat Across Borders; Amman, Jordan
       
     
 Meet Basel. Originally from Daraa, Syria, Basel was only ten years old when he lost both of his legs, one of his arms and sustained serious injuries to his eyes. On August 8, 2014 Basel was walking home from school with friends when he saw a pile of books on the side of the road. Curious, he picked them up and an IED hidden among them detonated at his feet. Unfortunately, his story is not an uncommon one; children like Basel are conflict's most innocent victims.  Basel’s family has not been able to escape Syria. For now, Basel calls a rehabilitation center in Amman, Jordan "home" as he waits to be reunited with his family and face what can only be called an uncertain future.
       
     

Meet Basel. Originally from Daraa, Syria, Basel was only ten years old when he lost both of his legs, one of his arms and sustained serious injuries to his eyes. On August 8, 2014 Basel was walking home from school with friends when he saw a pile of books on the side of the road. Curious, he picked them up and an IED hidden among them detonated at his feet. Unfortunately, his story is not an uncommon one; children like Basel are conflict's most innocent victims.

Basel’s family has not been able to escape Syria. For now, Basel calls a rehabilitation center in Amman, Jordan "home" as he waits to be reunited with his family and face what can only be called an uncertain future.

 Basel, age 10.  Souriyat Across Borders; Amman, Jordan
       
     

Basel, age 10.
Souriyat Across Borders; Amman, Jordan

 During my time at Souriyat Across Borders, as Basel attempted to cope with the physical and psychological trauma endured, he refused to use the prosthetic legs that had been provided for him.   Souriyat Across Borders; Amman, Jordan
       
     

During my time at Souriyat Across Borders, as Basel attempted to cope with the physical and psychological trauma endured, he refused to use the prosthetic legs that had been provided for him.

Souriyat Across Borders; Amman, Jordan

 In spite of the trauma the he has endured Basel manages to enjoy moments of childish happiness. Basel loves foosball and often plays with staff and other children at the Centre.   Souriyat Across Borders; Amman, Jordan
       
     

In spite of the trauma the he has endured Basel manages to enjoy moments of childish happiness. Basel loves foosball and often plays with staff and other children at the Centre.

Souriyat Across Borders; Amman, Jordan

 Art therapy is used at the Centre to help children cope, process and pass the days.   Souriyat Across Borders; Amman, Jordan
       
     

Art therapy is used at the Centre to help children cope, process and pass the days.

Souriyat Across Borders; Amman, Jordan

 Still refusing to use his prosthetic legs, Basel can often be seen pulling himself across the floor using his one good arm.   Souriyat Across Borders; Amman, Jordan
       
     

Still refusing to use his prosthetic legs, Basel can often be seen pulling himself across the floor using his one good arm.

Souriyat Across Borders; Amman, Jordan

 Basel, age 10 Souriyat Across Borders; Amman, Jordan
       
     

Basel, age 10
Souriyat Across Borders; Amman, Jordan

 In addition to medical care, the Centre also provides an opportunity for war-wounded children to meet others who have had similar experiences. Basel and Ibrahim became quick friends.   Souriyat Across Borders; Amman, Jordan
       
     

In addition to medical care, the Centre also provides an opportunity for war-wounded children to meet others who have had similar experiences. Basel and Ibrahim became quick friends.

Souriyat Across Borders; Amman, Jordan

 On April 14, 2013 Ibrahim was at home with 15 members of his family when a rocket hit the house. Among the dead were Ibrahims mother, his four sisters, two brothers, his aunt, uncle and four cousins. Only he, his father and his uncle survived.  During an interview Ibrahim described seeing a photographer taking photos amidst the chaos that followed the attack. Ibrahim confessed that he had once wanted to join the rebels and fight; now, so moved by the sight of that photographer, Ibrahim wishes to become a war correspondent, “I want to tell the truth .. about what happens to children, to people in war. I want to fight with my camera and to tell that truth without fear.”
       
     

On April 14, 2013 Ibrahim was at home with 15 members of his family when a rocket hit the house. Among the dead were Ibrahims mother, his four sisters, two brothers, his aunt, uncle and four cousins. Only he, his father and his uncle survived.

During an interview Ibrahim described seeing a photographer taking photos amidst the chaos that followed the attack. Ibrahim confessed that he had once wanted to join the rebels and fight; now, so moved by the sight of that photographer, Ibrahim wishes to become a war correspondent, “I want to tell the truth .. about what happens to children, to people in war. I want to fight with my camera and to tell that truth without fear.”

 Following his injury, it took Ibrahim and his Father several months to escape Syria. In that time, Ibrahim’s leg became seriously infected and atrophied.   Souriyat Across Border; Amman, Jordan
       
     

Following his injury, it took Ibrahim and his Father several months to escape Syria. In that time, Ibrahim’s leg became seriously infected and atrophied.

Souriyat Across Border; Amman, Jordan

 Several patients at the Centre, including Ibrahim and Basel, play video games between meals and treatments. The community and fast friendships formed over traumatic events are equally heartbreaking and heartwarming.   Souriyat Across Borders; Amman, Jordan
       
     

Several patients at the Centre, including Ibrahim and Basel, play video games between meals and treatments. The community and fast friendships formed over traumatic events are equally heartbreaking and heartwarming.

Souriyat Across Borders; Amman, Jordan

 Nurses discuss Ibrahim’s medical care after changing the bandages on his injured leg.   Souriyat Across Borders; Amman, Jordan
       
     

Nurses discuss Ibrahim’s medical care after changing the bandages on his injured leg.

Souriyat Across Borders; Amman, Jordan

 Ibrahim shows off the new camera that several of us were able to gift him. With aspirations to become a war photographer so that “the world can know the truth about what war does to children” it was the least that could be done for the young man.   Souriyat Across Borders; Amman, Jordan
       
     

Ibrahim shows off the new camera that several of us were able to gift him. With aspirations to become a war photographer so that “the world can know the truth about what war does to children” it was the least that could be done for the young man.

Souriyat Across Borders; Amman, Jordan