Women in particular have shouldered the responsibility of keeping shattered families together during the past 12 years of civil war. The massive earthquake that hit last week is the latest in a litany of hardships for Syrian women, many of whom have been left dependent on aid and alone responsible for their families' well-being.
Ayesha stands in front of her earthquake-destroyed home that housed 12 family members in Atareb, Syria. “When I look at our house, I wonder how did anyone come out alive?” Ayesha said. “Maybe it would have been better if I died. I came from under that rubble carrying the rubble of the whole world on my shoulders.”
Ayesha and 12 of her family members who lost their home in the devastating earthquake, carries her granddaughter in Atareb, Syria. After the earthquake, the 43-year-old has had no access to water, electricity, or heat for her and 11 other family members, crammed into a tent after their home in the northwest Syrian town of Atareb was leveled.
Women and children who lost their homes walk in among tents at a camp in Atareb, Syria.
A woman who was injured in the devastating earthquake, is treated at the hospital in Bab al-Hawah, Syria, on the border crossing with Turkey.
Women stand amidst the rubble of destroyed houses with placards in Arabic reading "United Nations are the partners of Bashar Assad and killing Syrians," in Atareb, Syria.
Girls who lost their homes in the devastating earthquake stand outside a tent looking for aid distribution at a shelter camp in Killi, Syria.
A girl whose family lost their home in the devastating earthquake stands outside a tent at a shelter camp in Killi, Syria.
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