Published on 18 Oct 2014 Sections ,

Portrait of a ruined city: life in Aleppo – in pictures

Syria’s biggest city has been ravaged by two years of fighting, forcing families to move regularly and camp out in buildings without walls. Here are some of their stories.

Families are living in partially built houses in Aleppo after being displaced by fighting

1. Families are living in partially built houses in Aleppo after being displaced by fighting

The skeleton of barely finished buildings offers little shelter to displaced families in Aleppo

2. The skeleton of barely finished buildings offers little shelter to displaced families in Aleppo

Two children lean over to get a better look from the top floor of their new home in Aleppo, having been displaced by fighting from other parts of the city.

3. Two children lean over to get a better look from the top floor of their new home in Aleppo, having been displaced by fighting from other parts of the city.

Seven-year-old Israa looks on as her father Mustafa Zakaria Naisa talks to Channel 4 News

4. Seven-year-old Israa looks on as her father Mustafa Zakaria Naisa talks to Channel 4 News. Their family have been displaced three times since the war began, and came here one month ago.

5. Eleven-year-old Bashir poses for a photograph in his new home, after his family fled fighting in eastern Aleppo.

Coffee mugs sit on an empty stairwell in this makeshift shelter in Aleppo for displaced families.

6. Coffee mugs sit on an empty stairwell in this makeshift shelter in Aleppo for displaced families.

Wet open stairwells keep parents terrified of their children falling, as rain comes through the roof of the buildings where around 20 families are now living.

7. Wet open stairwells keep parents terrified of their children falling, as rain comes through the roof of the buildings where around 20 families are now living.

Ten year old Kawthar and her sister Israa talk to Channel 4 News' International Editor Lindsey Hilsum outside the door to the their makeshift home.

8. Ten year old Kawthar and her sister Israa talk to Channel 4 News’ International Editor Lindsey Hilsum outside the door to the their makeshift home.