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Freedom hands

"Freedom hands. Looking forward to the coming future from a distance. And looking toward the freedom that was taken away while they are still in this dark reality."


Photographer's profile


My name is Mohammad. I am from Inkhil, Dara’a in Syria. I am 15 years old and I love soccer. I want to be a farmer or a businessman, selling things in a shop.




More than a million Syrian children have been forced to flee the conflict in their homeland.


Growing up in exile, sometimes orphaned or separated from loved ones, they are often haunted by violence and loss – but also resilient enough to envision better days ahead.


"Do You See What I See" let young refugees – now living in Jordan and Lebanon – shine a light on their world and share it with others.


Through workshops led by photojournalist Brendan Bannon and organised by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, they learnt to capture their observations in a striking photograph.


In these words and images they reveal loss and longing, hope and fear, simple pleasures and complex emotions.


Do you see what they see? See all the photos and find out more about the project at:


These images are presented as part of the Supporting Syria and the Region conference on 4 February 2016, co-hosted by the UK, Germany, Kuwait, Norway, and the United Nations. Find out more at


Picture © Mohammad/UNHCR


Based in Za'atari Camp, Jordan. All rights reserved.

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Taken on August 27, 2014