Saja, 12, saw friends die and lost her leg when she fled Aleppo three years ago. Now she calls her other leg “my most precious possession”. Walking on her crutches, she still plays football, walks to school every day and dreams of being a gymnastics coach. “When I play football, I don’t feel like I’ve lost anything at all,” she says. This Christmas, HuffPost UK has teamed up with Unicef to appeal for donations to help children affected by the war in Syria.
Zaatari Camp in Jordan is home to around 80,000 Syrian refugees. Among them are Hikmat and Abdullah. Hikmat, 12, has a physical disability and uses a wheelchair to get around. He and Abdullah, 11, met around a year ago when Abdullah helped push Hikmat home from school when the person who usually pushes him was absent. Since then, the pair have become inseparable. At school, Hikmat gets teased but Abdullah is quick to stand up for him.
Aleppo-based baker, Mohamad Al Khawatieh, almost lost his business during the war. Despite the daily struggle of earning a livelihood in a war-torn city, he is determined to bring a little sweetness to his neighbourhood. More than six million people have been displaced inside Syria, tens of thousands from Aleppo. Many have lost their homes and businesses.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
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Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
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Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
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Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
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