Children of war

CompanyFreelance Photogrpaher
PhotographerAHMED DEEB
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

On the way to the northern of Aleppo's fornt-lines. At the back of the pick-up sits the youngest fighter of Ahrar al-Sham, left, Abou al-Bara Binshi, 16-years-old, he left his family in Turkey and went back to Idlib 8 months ago, to join the Islamist group of Ahrar al-Sham to fight the Syrian regime forces along with his cousins. The new recruits are becoming younger. Most of them are out of school, often in a situation of failure. In the rebel-held area of Idlib, 20 to 30% of pupils aged 4 to 17 have deserted the schools and prefer to engage in armed factions. The rebel groups are hiring children through brainwashing, religious and military training to involve them in the war. "One must not be afraid of, is dying as a martyr for the cause, it is even an honor. But it is certain that there is fear, permanently.." Abou al-Bara said

About Photographer

Ahmed Deeb, Palestinian photo and video journalist based in Istanbul,Turkey. I have a bachelor degree in TV and Radio. I have been working as a photojournalist for the past 9 years in the Middle East including Syria, Palestine and Egypt, besides covering the refugee crisis in Europe and the Turkish affairs. My work has been featured in many international media, including: The Wall Street Journal, Washi