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Life goes on for children surrounded by Syrian conflict

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Children play on a swing in the center of Aleppo on Aug. 22.

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Syrian children look out from the windows of a vehicle in the city of Azaz, on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria, Aug. 22.

While I find it hard to imagine what it would be like as an adult living in a city that has become a war zone, I cannot imagine what it would be like living as a kid in the middle of air strikes and sniper fire. The dangers of playing in the streets change from being hit by a car or crashing a bicycle to getting hit by a bullet or a rocket. Despite those risks, these children seem to carry on and adapt to their new normal.

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Sana Mustafa, 5, who fled her home in Anadan with her family due to fighting between the rebels and the Syrian army, talks with her brother Riyyad, in a school where she and her family took refuge, in Kafar Hamra, on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria, Aug. 22.

Muhammed Muheisen / AP

Syrian girls, who fled their home in Anadan with their family due to fighting between the rebels and the Syrian army, hold their relative Mohammed Mustafa who was born five days ago in a school where his family took refuge, in Kafar Hamra, on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria, Aug. 22.

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Syrian boys play on top of a destroyed military tank next to the rubble of a damaged mosque in the city of Azaz, on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria, Aug. 22.

Goran Tomasevic / Reuters

After months of protests and violent crackdowns, a look back at the violence that has overtaken the country.