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  • Childhood in the shadow of war.

    Marwa*, Aicha and Najat during a drawing exercise.

     

    The photographs in this album were taken during playful sessions with children in urban areas in northern Lebanon.

     

    A child protection specialist was leading the sessions together with Save the Children staff.

     

    The photographs were used as part of a report based on children’s stories as told to Save the Children. Drawings and other playful sessions help children tell their stories of their everyday life without the negative impact a deep interview might have.

     

    Marwa*, Aicha and Najat during a drawing exercise. The girls regularly visit the child friendly space run by Save the Children. The activities are held in a two-room building with facilitators working closely with the children. Most of the children coming to the centre are refugees from Syria.

     

    Working with child protection is a life-saving response in humanitarian emergencies like the ongoing Syria crisis.

     

    *All the names have been changed.

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    Lebanon, 2015

    Save the Children

    Nikon D800
    Nikkor 28-70mm lens,
    1/100s at f/2.8

  • Childhood in the shadow of war.

    Marwa* (left) and Najat* (right) at a child friendly space run by Save the Children in northern Lebanon. Both girls regularly visit the centre.

     

    Marwa* is 8,5 years old. Her family rents a house in the area close to the Save the Children’s child friendly space. She has three brothers, one sister and her mum and dad. The family has lived in Lebanon for three years now. She goes to school.

     

    Najat* sits at a small table during a drawing exercise. She regularly visits the child friendly space. The activities are held in a two-room building with facilitators working closely with the children.

     

    *Names has been changed.

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    Lebanon, 2015

    Save the Children

    Nikon D800
    Nikkor 28-70mm lens,
    1/100s and 1/80s at f/2.8

  • Childhood in the shadow of war.

    Faten* is 8 years old. She lives with four siblings, her father and mother in a two-room apartment with a toilet in a small house in northern Lebanon.

     

    Since the family left Syria they have moved a lot. First they went to Beirut, then moved to the outskirts of Tripoli. They had to move into town when their house was flooded, but now they have moved back to the area near the child friendly space.

     

    “I like that we left Syria, I like it here because my family is here, but Syria is better because that is where I’m from,” Faten says.

    She often talks to a relative in Syria over the phone. Her “other mother” (her father’s other wife) and children are in Syria too and they can’t come because they don’t have id-papers. She says she misses them.

     

    *Name has been changed.

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    Lebanon, 2015

    Save the Children

    Nikon D800
    Nikkor 28-70mm lens,
    1/80s and 1/200s at f/2.8

  • Childhood in the shadow of war.

    Ahmad is an animator, working with children at a child friendly space in Tripoli, Lebanon. “I think no one can really understand the pain of these children unless you have felt the same pain yourself.”

     

    Ahmad works at a child friendly space that is run by Save the Children. He is from Syria himself and feel a strong connection with the children.

     

    “I am Palestinian-Syrian, so maybe I understand their needs very well,” Ahmad says. “I came here (to Lebanon) three years ago. I didn’t come here because of the war, but now I can’t go back. I think I understand the feelings of many of the children.”

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    Lebanon, 2015

    Save the Children

    Nikon D800
    Nikkor 28-70mm lens,
    1/400s at f/2.8

  • Childhood in the shadow of war.

    Mohamed*, 6 years old, holding his drawing. Hussein*, 6 years old, in the background.

     

    “In my helping hand I drew my brother, because when others are beating me he helps me beat them. If you don’t beat me I will give you a flower.”

     

    This child friendly space is set up in an apartment in one of the poorest areas of Tripoli, Lebanon. Violence and drug abuse are commonplace in the area.

     

    Animators are working closely with the children at the centre. Most of the children coming here are refugees from Syria.

     

    *Name has been changed.

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    Lebanon, 2015

    Save the Children

    Nikon D800
    Nikkor 28-70mm lens,
    1/160s at f/4

  • Childhood in the shadow of war.

    Abdel Nour*, 10 years old, is a refugee from Syria and he lives in Tripoli, Lebanon.

     

    The area Abdel Nour lives in now recently saw heavy fighting. Save the Children has set up a child friendly space in an apartment.

     

    Facilitators are working closely with the children. The children coming to the centre are a mix of refugees from Syria and Lebanese boys and girls.

     

    Child friendly spaces are safe places within tented camps or in urban areas where children can participate in educational and recreational activities. Children that took part in the Save the Children study said that perhaps their greatest source of support was the staff at the spaces.

     

    *Name has been changed.

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    Lebanon, 2015

    Save the Children

    Leica M9
    Summicron 50mm lens,
    1/500s at f/2

  • Childhood in the shadow of war.

    Maysaa is the mother of Olfa* who comes to the Child Friendly Space run by Save the Children in a neighbourhood in Tripoli, Lebanon. Maysaa and her family are refugees from Syria and like many others find the economic situation very hard.

     

    “My boy is 14 years old and wants to make a fake passport and then go to Turkey and Europe to make money. Our life is almost impossible – the economy is too bad. I have to buy water, electricity, there is no way I can pay for everything. My children have lost four years of school.”

     

    *Name has been changed.

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    Lebanon, 2015

    Save the Children

    Nikon D800
    Nikkor 28-70mm lens,
    1/200s and 1/60 at f/2.8

  • Childhood in the shadow of war.

    “The children talk about violence all the time,” Lara Hallak says. Lara is a Child Protection Officer working for Save the Children in Tripoli, Lebanon.

     

    Having seen armed violence, experienced displacement and loss of family and friends together with the stress that poverty and insecurity bring affect many of the children very negatively. This is something that the Save the Children staff see a lot of in the children they meet.

     

    “The problem is not solved in six months. Look at this place, violence is in the hearts of these children,” Lara says.

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    Lebanon, 2015

    Save the Children

    Leica M9
    Summicron 50mm lens,
    1/125s at f/2.4

  • Childhood in the shadow of war.

    Akram*, 14 years old, at a child friendly space run by Save the Children in Tripoli, Lebanon.

     

    Akram and his friends told Save the Children staff about their situation and ambitions for the future for the report being written.

     

    “I was waiting a long time for someone to come and ask my opinions, to take messages about our needs. I want to express myself and show what I can do, Akram says.

     

    Activities are held in a two-room building with facilitators working closely with the children. Most of the children coming to the centre are refugees from Syria. The child friendly space provides structure and safety that is often not found outside.

     

    *Name has been changed.

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    Lebanon, 2015

    Save the Children

    Nikon D800
    Nikkor 28-70mm lens,
    1/80 at f/4

  • Childhood in the shadow of war.

    Mahmoud* and Jamal* – both 8 years old – at the child friendly space they both come regularly.

     

    The Child Friendly Space is set up in an apartment in one of the poorest areas of Tripoli, Lebanon. Violence and drug abuse are commonplace. Animators are working closely with the children at the centre. Most of the children coming here are refugees from Syria.

     

    *Name has been changed.

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    Lebanon, 2015

    Save the Children

    Nikon D800
    Nikkor 28-70mm lens,
    1/200s and 1/125 at f/2.8

  • Childhood in the shadow of war.

    Rafiq*, 7 years old, Alaa, 7 years old, Mohamed, 6 years old and Abdel Rahman, 8 years old (left to right) during a play session in a child friendly space run by Save the Children.

     

    The Child Friendly Space is set up in an apartment in one of the poorest areas of Tripoli, Lebanon. Violence and drug abuse are commonplace in the area. Animators are working closely with the children at the centre. Most of the children coming here are refugees from Syria.

     

    *All the names have been changed.

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    Lebanon, 2015

    Save the Children

    Nikon D800
    Nikkor 28-70mm lens,
    1/60 at f/5