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What makes you feel safe?


Story by UNICEF Lebanon June 22nd, 2016

“Here is peace and safety. In Lebanon and in the camp we feel safe because in the sky there are no missiles and no bullets, just birds and doves of peace. I ask myself: have they come with news of peace from precious Syria?” Nour Al-Hoda, 15.

UNICEF Lebanon teamed up with journalist Venetia Rainey to give the students at Beyond Association Bekaa Valley Youth Press Club an opportunity to be photojournalists for a day and document their own lives. Each child was given a question, a camera, and a piece of paper. These are their responses - in their own words, as seen through their own eyes.

This is part of a series of 12 mini reports produced by the Press Club, which gives young Syrian refugees from informal tent settlements in the Zahle area, a chance to talk about the daily issues they face while learning valuable photography and writing skills. The program is made possible by UNICEF Lebanon, who in 2015 alone provided assistance to roughly 1.2 million vulnerable children - Syrian, Lebanese and Palestinian - across the country.

Footnote: Photo: © Nour Al-Huda
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