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Beirut friends: our life in photos

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.

See the latest photos and stories >>

Meet the kids

Click on the children's photos below to view their own pages and see their photos.

A polaroid of Stephanie

Stephanie

I’m 14. I like photography because it expresses things without words.

Rania

Rania

I'm from Aleppo, Syria. I am afraid of love. I like walking under the rain.

Ibrahim

Ibo

I like photography to show people, whether they are sad or not, like us or not.

Hayleen F

Hayleen F

I’m 14 and from Syria. I love sunsets and my favourite game is monopoly.

Jihan

Jihan

I love photography, drawing, music, fashion, and people, life and the sea.

Leila

Leila

I’m 11. My favourite colour is blue. I love to take photos of sunsets.

Lamiss

Lamiss

I love photography and taking photos of people that show how they live. I’m 15.

 

  Ali

Ali

I’m 16. I like to learn new things. I would like to become a hairdresser.

Jan

Jan

I love football, and I love photography because it is something new.

The shadow of two hands making the shape of wings

Noody

I’m 15, from Aleppo, Syria. I'm stubborn. I like fashion and photography.

Hands making the shape of a heart

Alma

I’m 11 and I like sport, especially football.  I love to take photos of the sunset and nature.

A man sits on a rock by the sea, and three fishermen stand close by

Aslan

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.

Syria Crisis Appeal

Help provide essential services to families and communities in need.

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