Malnourished and with a haunted look in his eyes, this is the face of a generation of Syrian tots who have known nothing but war and suffering.
As more harrowing images emerge from the war-torn nation , the scale of their plight is finally becoming clear.
The world had its big wake-up call, when a picture of Omran Daqneesh of the besieged city of Aleppo went viral.
Sitting dazed in an ambulance, the five-year-old was caked in blood and dust after an air strike that killed brother Ali, 10.
British aid worker Tauqir Sharif, who earlier this month travelled to Aleppo in an old ambulance packed with food and medicine, said: There is nowhere that’s safe. You’re literally waiting for death.
They become used to living under bombs. It’s part of their life now. Children playing in rubble, children playing with shrapnel – that’s their daily life.
Half of the country’s pre-war population has died or fled and 3.7million Syrian children – one in three – were born after the conflict began five years ago.
And on top of the bombings, they face another cruel killer – hunger.
Experts say 3.1 million children and pregnant women across Syria are at risk.
In Aleppo alone, more than 350,000 youngsters are desperate for food.
Unicef said 700 under-fives and more than 430 pregnant women and new mums have been treated for acute malnutrition so far this year, while a further 180 under-fives suffered severe malnutrition.
A senior aid worker said: There’s a food crisis as prices are so high. I met a family who had not had a food package for six months.
“They found other coping mechanisms – asking neighbours, selling possessions. They were desperate.
Aleppo has been split between rebel forces in the east and the regime in the west since mid-2012.
At least 100,000 children are cut off in the east and 90 have died city-wide in attacks this month.
Sharif, originally from Essex and associated with aid group Live Updates From Syria, spent time in some of the secret underground hospitals in rebel-held areas.
He said medics saw victims of explosions every 10 minutes, adding: You see children coming in with horrible life-changing injuries.
“You know some of them are losing their arms, some of them losing their legs, shrapnel all over their faces.
What kind of a future will this child have? It’s very, very difficult to handle.
Nearly 4.3 million Syrians, half of them children, have fled to other countries.
Many risk their lives to make the perilous sea crossing to Europe.
According to Unicef, some 27,500 youngsters are stranded in Greece pending asylum bids – two-fifths of all Syrian refugees there.
Sharif said he was stunned by the spirit of those who remain in Aleppo, adding: Some of them have come to terms with the fact that nobody is going to help them but have become very resolute. Their strength amazes me.
More than 290,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began.
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