meet basem. originally from daraa, syria, basem was only 10 years old when he lost both of his legs, part of an arm and sustained serious injuries to his eyes. on august 8, 2014 basem was walking home with friends and saw a pile of children’s books on the side of the road. when he picked them up they exploded; the next thing he remembers is waking up in a hospital in amman, jordan.   unfortunately, this is not an uncommon story. too often we hear of explosives being hidden in objects used specifically to target children.   basem’s family has not been able to escape syria. for now, basem calls souriyat home as he waits to be reunited with his family and face what can only be called an uncertain future. 
 on april 14, 2013 ibrahim was in his 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.  his uncle carried him from the rubble and during an interview ibrahim recalls seeing a photographer taking photos amidst the chaos. before the rocket attack ibrahim confesses that he had wanted to join the rebels and to fight; now, so moved by the sight of that photographer, when asked what he hoped for his future ibrahim said that: “i want to be a war journalist. 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.”
 while in amman working in the zaatari refugee camp i had the opportunity to travel to the nearby "jerash" camp -- an area currently home to 29,000 registered palestinian refugees.  the camp was initially established in 1968 as an emergency settlement for the some 11,500 displaced persons who had left the gaza strip. since then the tents have been replaced by shelters - many made of asbestos - and the population has grown.