Photo diaries by young Syrian refugees and disadvantaged Lebanese children
For more than four years, the ongoing conflict in Syria has resulted in an estimated 1.3 million Syrians fleeing to neighbouring Lebanon, a country still struggling with its own legacy of civil war.
Many of these refugees are children. They are coping with high levels of exclusion from school and services, and often living in severe poverty - a situation that is not so different for some of Lebanon’s most disadvantaged children.
Therapy through art
With donations from our generous supporters we have been able to provide psychosocial support to both groups, working intensively with a small group of children through the medium of photography. The children have been given cameras, photography training and mentoring as a means to express themselves and build confidence. This is their story.
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Meet the kids
Click on the children's photos below to view their own pages and see their photos.
I’m 14. I like photography because it expresses things without words.
I'm from Aleppo, Syria. I am afraid of love. I like walking under the rain.
I like photography to show people, whether they are sad or not, like us or not.
I’m 14 and from Syria. I love sunsets and my favourite game is monopoly.
I love photography, drawing, music, fashion, and people, life and the sea.
I’m 11. My favourite colour is blue. I love to take photos of sunsets.
I love photography and taking photos of people that show how they live. I’m 15.
I’m 16. I like to learn new things. I would like to become a hairdresser.
I love football, and I love photography because it is something new.
I’m 15, from Aleppo, Syria. I'm stubborn. I like fashion and photography.
I’m 11 and I like sport, especially football. I love to take photos of the sunset and nature.
I’m 12. I love photography because I want to learn something new.
Supporting the next generation
Psychosocial support is critical for children who have witnessed violence, experienced displacement, and are now facing exclusion and often deep poverty.
It helps them to express themselves and overcome their fears and traumas, to gain confidence, overcome personal issues, and to build relationships with others.
Working with both communities helps to bring people together, to make friends and to challenge stereotypes.
Follow the children's photos to understand in practice how we're doing this important work.
How you can help
If you'd like to help us reach more children and vulnerable people who've been affected by the conflict in Syria, you can donate to our Syria Crisis Appeal today.