Syrian Children Forage Through Trash to Survive

December 21, 2014 11:41 AM

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Syrian Children Forage Through Trash to Survive

“I got used to the smell of garbage. Some of it stinks more than others," says nine-year-old Maher, laughing at his own remarks. "At first I used to feel like I was about to faint before I finished my job, but my nose got used to the stench.”

It’s not unusual in different areas in Damascus and its countryside to see children and sometimes older men or women climbing into garbage cans, foraging for scraps of food. Passersby often turn their faces away from the scene. The young children who collect good from the garbage can are often insul...

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