Exhibition: Through Their Eyes: Moments Photographed by Syrian Children


  • White Room DC 1240 9th St. NW Suite #200, Washington, DC 20001
Photo © Mouhamad Bekaa

Photo © Mouhamad Bekaa

Going on its fifth year, the conflict in Syria has left over 7.6 million Syrian children in need of humanitarian assistance. Of this population, more than 1 million have sought shelter in Lebanon, rendering it the country with the largest refugee population in the world. From October 2013 to July 2014, 500 refugee children living in Lebanon had the opportunity to document their lives through photography. The project, Lahza (Lahza means ‘moment’ in Arabic) was implemented through a partnership between the Lebanese NGO Zakira and UNICEF. The participating children were taught photography skills and given disposable cameras to capture their daily lives in informal settlements and conceived to provide children with a form of catharsis through artistic expression.
 
Through Their Eyes you see depictions of their daily life and the ways in which the conflict has affected it, you see how they work and survive to provide for their families, how they eat, study and even play, and under what living conditions they do so. The stories captured in these photographs are testimonies of these children's courage and resilience.