Friends. Hope. Warmth. The future. How might you represent any of these in a single image? Syrian and Turkish students took on that challenge as part of a project aimed at building bridges between refugees and their host communities.
Turkey is home to more than 3.6 million Syrian refugees, about 1.5 million of whom are children. But with an estimated 400,000 school-age children out of school, many refugees are left potentially vulnerable to social isolation, discrimination, child labour and child marriage.
Over the course of four months, 60 students aged 11 to 18 were encouraged to share their lives – and their visions for the future – with the help of renowned photographer Reza Deghati, as part of the UNICEF-supported Youth Lens project. In workshops across three cities in Turkey students learned some of the ins and outs of photography and visual narration to tell their own stories, centred around a series of themes.