Photos by Pablo Tosco

Three years ago this week, civil unrest in Syria launched the country into the regional wave of revolution known as the Arab Spring. But the situation in Syria would soon take a turn that set it apart from neighboring countries. As the steadfast government and determined rebels fought to a deadly stalemate, more than 130,000 Syrians have been killed, with another 6.5 million displaced, two million of whom have fled the country. With global powers at odds over how to address the civil war, Syrians on the ground are faced with daily explosions and bouts of gunfire, followed by walks through rubbish as they look for traces of life, and hours-long lines as they wait for food. On the streets of Aleppo, the country’s largest city, and in refugee camps across the border, men, women and children look for an explanation in the midst of devastation.

Yousef Abowatch stands amid the rubble that was once his home in the Jabal Badro district of Aleppo. Abowatch's home was destroyed when the Assad regime launched missiles into the opposition-controlled neighborhood. "I spent twenty-five years working to build it," he says. "And now, in a second, there is nothing."
Yousef Abowatch stands amid the rubble that was once his home in the Jabal Badro district of Aleppo. Abowatch's home was destroyed when the Assad regime launched missiles into the opposition-controlled neighborhood. "I spent twenty-five years working to build it," he says. "And now, in a second, there is nothing."
Free Syrian Army rebel Ahmad Aboethan watches for snipers from inside a ruined building in the Salaheddine district of Aleppo. Aboethan ran a clothing shop until his wife and daughter were killed during an airstrike two years ago. Aboethan then joined the fight against the Assad regime.
Free Syrian Army rebel Ahmad Aboethan watches for snipers from inside a ruined building in the Salaheddine district of Aleppo. Aboethan ran a clothing shop until his wife and daughter were killed during an airstrike two years ago. Aboethan then joined the fight against the Assad regime.
A Free Syrian Army soldier walks though the rubble of the Salaheddine district in Aleppo.
A Free Syrian Army soldier walks though the rubble of the Salaheddine district in Aleppo.
Students hide under a desk as two military jets pass overhead. Their school is currently located in an abandoned building, as many Aleppo schools have been destroyed by military strikes.
Students hide under a desk as two military jets pass overhead. Their school is currently located in an abandoned building, as many Aleppo schools have been destroyed by military strikes.

Abu Seyad is one of sixty patients in the Al-Moshatead mental hospital in the Old City of Aleppo. Fifteen patients are kept in a small room, sleeping on four foam mattresses with a few caretakers. The hospital's doctors have stopped coming to work out of fear, and medication is no longer dispensed.
Abu Seyad is one of sixty patients in the Al-Moshatead mental hospital in the Old City of Aleppo. Fifteen patients are kept in a small room, sleeping on four foam mattresses with a few caretakers. The hospital's doctors have stopped coming to work out of fear, and medication is no longer dispensed.

A group of people rescue the body of a girl who was crushed to death under the rubble of her Aleppo home after the Assad regime launched missile strikes here in February 2013.
A group of people rescue the body of a girl who was crushed to death under the rubble of her Aleppo home after the Assad regime launched missile strikes here in February 2013.
Halil (left) and Abbas (right), two young FSA soldiers, take a break from fighting in the Salaheddine district of Aleppo.
Halil (left) and Abbas (right), two young FSA soldiers, take a break from fighting in the Salaheddine district of Aleppo.
Zakia Abdullah sits among the rubble of her house in the Tariq al-Bab district of Aleppo.
Zakia Abdullah sits among the rubble of her house in the Tariq al-Bab district of Aleppo.
A child looks up as one of the Assad regime's airplane bombers passes over the Al-Ansari Mashhad district in Aleppo. Pilots often shell rebel-occupied areas on sunny days, when visibility is best.
A child looks up as one of the Assad regime's airplane bombers passes over the Al-Ansari Mashhad district in Aleppo. Pilots often shell rebel-occupied areas on sunny days, when visibility is best.

Abu Hussein crouches in the rubble of his home in the Jabal Badro district of Aleppo.
Abu Hussein crouches in the rubble of his home in the Jabal Badro district of Aleppo.

Nour Aldeen lives in the Fardos neighborhood, one of the poorest in Aleppo. She gives a donation of rice and pasta to a group of volunteers who will then carry it to vulnerable Syrians living near the Turkish border, dodging air strikes and military controls.
Nour Aldeen lives in the Fardos neighborhood, one of the poorest in Aleppo. She gives a donation of rice and pasta to a group of volunteers who will then carry it to vulnerable Syrians living near the Turkish border, dodging air strikes and military controls.

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A man sits outside his tent in the Bab al-Salam refugee camp on the Syria-Turkey border.
A man sits outside his tent in the Bab al-Salam refugee camp on the Syria-Turkey border.
A woman among the tents in the Bab al-Salam refugee camp, which provides shelter for 17,000 people.
A woman among the tents in the Bab al-Salam refugee camp, which provides shelter for 17,000 people.
Aisha Abdullah, a Syrian-Palestinian refugee, now resides with her family in a settlement on the outskirts of Amman, Jordan.
Aisha Abdullah, a Syrian-Palestinian refugee, now resides with her family in a settlement on the outskirts of Amman, Jordan.
Abu Marai (center) sites with other displaced refugees from the Daraa region of Syria, in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan.
Abu Marai (center) sites with other displaced refugees from the Daraa region of Syria, in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan.
Rwain Abu Nabood with her son in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan.
Rwain Abu Nabood with her son in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan.
Malak, who just gave birth to her child, in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan.
Malak, who just gave birth to her child, in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan.
Hussein is a Syrian-Palestinian refugee from Damascus, currently residing with his family in a settlement on the outskirts of Tripoli, Lebanon.
Hussein is a Syrian-Palestinian refugee from Damascus, currently residing with his family in a settlement on the outskirts of Tripoli, Lebanon.
Nour Nkaba, a Syrian-Palestinian refugee, lives with her son's family in an abandoned mosque in Tripoli, Lebanon.
Nour Nkaba, a Syrian-Palestinian refugee, lives with her son's family in an abandoned mosque in Tripoli, Lebanon.
Aisha Abdullah, a Syrian-Palestinian refugee in Tripoli, Lebanon.
Aisha Abdullah, a Syrian-Palestinian refugee in Tripoli, Lebanon.

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Pablo Tosco is a photojournalist and documentary producer from Argentina who lives in Spain. He works for Oxfam Intermón and focuses on telling stories of the voiceless Twitter: @PavlobskiRoisen

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