khalid, age 12 / by Maranie Staab

khalid is 12 and fled syria 5 years ago, at the age of 7 with his mother, father and younger brother abdalazeez. 
after spending one year in tripoli (lebanon) and 2 years in zahle he and his family are now living in what can best be described as a makeshift shed outside of beirut, lebanon. .
khalid was in kindergarten when his family fled; his studies have been disrupted by displacement but he shared that he wants to be an engineer when he grows up. .
when i asked him what he wished for his answer was first that he wanted a warm shower (there is no running water where they live) and that he just wished to return to syria, see his friends again and live in peace.