Photographer: Mohammed Al-Rifai
Title: Empty shells “Bab Rizk” for families in northwest Syria
Location: Idlib province in northern Syria
Period: 20211106 - 20211106
Category: Spot News

In a junkyard like an ammunition depot in Idlib province in northwestern Syria, Malik, a nine-year-old boy and his brother Ahmed, is busy arranging mortars that his family found dismantling and selling their iron as a source of livelihood.


In the scrapyard, baby Malik rests on empty shells, while his brother Ahmed holds a shell with difficulty, the weight of which almost exceeds his own. As soon as he reaches his destination in the square, he gasps, tossing it between a pile of ammunition and iron.


After the war intensified in 2016, Junaid fled the town of latamna in northern Hama and moved with his family, siblings and their families to Maarat Masrin.


After the long displacement, the man, a father of four, including Malik, decided to resume his work in the sale of haberdashery from the remains of cars, iron plates, water tanks, empty shells, and all the iron hands on him, a trade he used to be a source of livelihood for him and his children in difficult circumstances



Empty shells "Bab Rizk" for families in northwest Syria

A Syrian child throws an empty mortar shell in a scrapyard near Maarat masreen in the northern countryside of Idlib province in northern Syria

Empty shells "Bab Rizk" for families in northwest Syria

Syrian child Malik arranges an empty shell on top of a pile of empty shells in a scrapyard near Maarat masreen in the northern countryside of Idlib province in northern Syria

Empty shells "Bab Rizk" for families in northwest Syria

Child Malik stands standing a pile of empty shells and holds two empty shells to rearrange them in a scrap yard near the town of Maarat masreen in the northern countryside of Idlib province in northern Syria the child works with his father in the scrap yard to secure their livelihood

Empty shells "Bab Rizk" for families in northwest Syria

Syrian child Malek rests on a pile of empty shells in a scrapyard near the town of Maarat Masrin in the northern countryside of Idlib province in northern Syria the child works with his father in the scrap yard to secure their livelihood

Empty shells "Bab Rizk" for families in northwest Syria

Hussein Junaid receives from his son Ahmed two empty shells to rearrange them in a scrapyard that has become more like an ammunition depot near the northwestern Syrian city of Maarat masreen The family found in their disintegration and the sale of their iron a source of livelihood

Empty shells "Bab Rizk" for families in northwest Syria

Hussein Junaid carries empty shells in a scrapyard that has become more like an ammunition depot while his two sons work in the square near the northwestern Syrian city of Maarat masreen