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View of Damascus. Ameer's Mother in their flat in Syria.

UNHCR / Amir Majed


"Berlin to Baghdad: Children of Conflict.": Out of Iraq


"‘Berlin to Baghdad: Children of Conflict’, will begin in May 2008. We will be working with groups of young people who live along the historic route of the Berlin to Baghdad Railway Line. In each country we will work with young people whose lives have been dominated by the affects of violent conflict.

Our courses will take place over four weeks. As well as teaching the basics of photojournalism, we get the participants to discuss local and personal issues and consider how photography can be used to express them. Using quality high-resolution cameras donated to us by Olympus Cameras UK we will introduce them to the basics of photography before mentoring them through completing individual photo-essays about their own lives and stories. We will then exhibit a selection of their images and publish them in a book about the project.


In Syria we will work with a group of young Iraqi refugees. Since the Iraq war and the brutal sectarian violence it unleashed on the Iraqi population Iraqi people have fled their homes in fear of the lives. However, the stories of these people have received little coverage in mainstream media. 1.5 million Iraqis fled to neighbouring Syria but have not been granted official refugee status leaving them unable to work legally. As their life savings run out, many young people now work illegally, sacrificing their education for long hours and meagre wages. For those lucky enough to not have to work, their education has so disrupted that some have to sit in classes for students two or three years their junior.


The UN Higher Commission for Refugees is the main international organisation providing aid and assistance to Iraqi refugees in Syria. We are collaborating with UNHCR to deliver a course in photojournalism for young Iraqi refugees, giving them the opportunity and the skills to express themselves and tell their stories to a wider audience."


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Taken on August 4, 2008