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I have been travelling, photographing and writing about the Middle East for four years, reporting from Palestine, Israel, Tunisia and Lebanon - as well as a fair bit in my hometown London. I have been published in Al Jazeera, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, Reuters, The Daily Beast, The Week, Ha'aretz and have produced radio shows from across the world for Monocle 24 radio station. I have been based in Beirut for the last two years, and regularly travel the country looking for stories and new foods to try.
Thanks for your comment. I haven't heard of that particular initiative, but I did cover something very similar in Lebanon that was exclusively geared at younger children (http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2015/Jan-23/285055-syrian-refugee-childrenbare-their-souls-in-photo-exhibition.ashx). I agree with you - it's a really powerful way to let people who have been displaced explore what they're going through and reflect on it through art.
Hey Sophie! Thanks for your comment. I totally agree that is a heavy burden for these teachers.. they're learning to cope as they go along. Luckily most are happy to do it - everyone I've spoken to at least!
Thanks for your comment. In my opinion, the trick is to make sure that the news they are exposed to is relatable and human. Reading daily news about war, bombing, death and injuries, general stories about the plight of refugees, etc. can be very depressing and tends to dehumanize those involved in the conflict. Exposing young students to personal stories of people their age is probably the easiest and most effective way to engage them with what's happening out here.
I also think finding a charity or project to fundraise for can be a great way to get young people involved in a cause. It means they are invested in the issue and forces them to regularly explain why it matters to them/the world. It's also great training for becoming part of the international humanitarian community :)