Huda, who dreams of becoming a paediatrician when she grows up, helps her father carry the water on a daily basis from a nearby water filling point, installed by UNICEF. She and her siblings cart heavy loads of water in the blazing summer heat and through cold winter storms.
“One day, I was pushing a cart filled with jerry cans home, and as I got close to the house, I lost my balance and slipped,” says Huda. “The cart flipped upside down, and the water spilled all over the street,” she says, biting her lip as she remembers her anger and frustration.
For children living in one of the deadliest places on earth, this lack of safe water is a continuous threat to their survival. Alongside 100,000 children living in east Aleppo, nine-year-old Judy has been robbed of her childhood. Instead of going to school or playing with friends, her life is full of constant stress.
“I fear the sounds of continuous bombing,” she says. “I also worry about lack of water and electricity, especially now we are getting close to winter. We used to bathe every day, but now we can’t.”