Adolescentes sirios refugiados en Zaatari retratan sus vidas » Samar en la tienda de sus padres – Inside Za’Atari
Portrait of Samar* in her parents small shop in Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan.
In August 2014 Magnum photographer Michael Christopher Brown travelled to Za’atari and taught a group of Syrian refugee teenagers how to take photographs using an Apple iPhone. This photo was taken by a relative of Samar*, a 15 year old Syrian girl living in Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan.
There are two multi-activity centres in Zaâatari refugee camp, one for boys and one for girls. They were setup by Save the Children to provide a space for young people to engage in a wide array of activities, including fitness training, photography, art and non-formal education. Since opening over a year and a half ago, the Centres have become a second home to around 2,000 teenagers a month. Not only are the centres providing the teenagers with an array of practical and life skills, it is also rebuilding their self-confidence. —-
Samar* said : âThis week was a very very very amazing experience. We all had so much fun and it was great especially when we used to go around the camp to take pictures. Michael gave us so many useful tips and taught us so many great things. It was a lovely experience.â
âFor me, ever since I was little my dream was to be a photographer and a very famous photojournalist who gets to go around the world and visit different places. But when I came to the camp I like the idea of documenting how Syrians are living here and to show the world the amount of misery there is here and in Syria. A lot of people are saying that they are happy here- itâs true that we are content here but there are so many things that are exhausting us. Sometimes when I hold the camera up to take a picture of someone I see things through the lens that canât be seen in the naked eye- especially peopleâs emotions.â