• 19-Year-Old Syrian Mother Shares Rare Images of Refugee Camp Life

19-Year-Old Syrian Mother Shares Rare Images of Refugee Camp Life



At age 19, Fatima Dabbas has already been through so much. She, her husband, and their two sons left their suburban home outside the Syrian capital of Damascus because of shelling and moved into an abandoned school. There, Fatima's husband was detained at a routine checkpoint, beaten, and killed by soldiers. His body was put on display for all to see. Soon after his death, Fatima and her sons joined her husband's family as they fled across the border to Jordan's Za'atari refugee camp. She was pregnant with her third child at the time, and became very withdrawn—until, at her mother-in-law's urging, she joined a teen photography workshop sponsored by the UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency). Here, Fatima and her photography instructor, Brendan Bannon, share some of Fatima's images of the Za'atari refugee camp, as well as some of her thoughts on her life and the process of finding her voice through photography. Source: Blog
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