‘Unseen: Revealing a lost generation’ is a photographic series of young Syrian girls refugees living in Shatila camp, in Lebanon. 

Inside the heaving refugee camp called Shatila, where the girls photographed live, -  the camp was originally built for 3,000 Palestinian’s in 1949, but is currently home for about 26,000 refugees, with more trickling in every day. Electricity is intermittent at best, the salty water that runs through the pipes is not useable, parents struggle, having a lack of work, or if lucky enough to have work, only earn the lowest of wages. Parents are forced  to send their children to work instead of to school, to play and laugh with friends. These children are in risk of becoming a ‘lost generation’.

Throughout two long yet utterly rewarding months, Anrike Piel alongside with Syrianartist and teacher Fedaa Alwaer, taught the young girls the basics of creative pho-tography, styling, makeup, & more (always focusing on developing their own ideasand visions). Eventually they put learned skills into practice: creating a magicalphoto studio in a tiny classroom. 

 What if  models weren’t who you think they are?

''I lived with my family, my mom, and my dad. I was living a simple life and I was happy to be with my family.

But when the war started, everything changed. My brother had to go to the army and we haven’t seen him since. We had to come to Lebanon.

Now my father works any job just so we can live. The first year was the hardest year for us. We have gotten used to life in Lebanon except sometimes Lebanese people are snobby.

I have a lot of dreams and would love to be a fashion designer.''

''I am a girl who grew up in Aleppo. I was in the 7th grade. We were very happy and content in Syria. It was my last year in that school. Because of the events in Syria, our lives changed from the nice and happy life in our country.

Now we are in Lebanon in Shatila where electricity goes out. We are in Shatila and rent a place. Beirut is very expensive. There are no jobs. Our lives are very hard and there is no stability. I miss my beloved country so much.

My dream is that Syria will return peaceful and even better than before. We can dry our tears and return home to live happily in our land.

When I grow up I want to be a journalist.''

No one chooses to become a refugee, that is forced upon them.

SB Overseas works tirelessly to give hope to the children, youth and women refugees. It focuses its projects on three key areas: education, empowerment, and emergency aid. To learn how you can contribute,  visit http://sboverseas.org/

My gratitude to the designers who donated their pieces - 113 MaisonAldo Järvsoo, Bruno Grebert, Colmillo de Morsa, Elvana, Erle Nemvalts, FankadelikFebruary FirstIsa Arfen, Jane Kivistik, Karmen Mänd, Katrin Aasmaa, Ketlin Bachmann, Krete Beljalev, Kätrin BeljalevLiisa SooleppLilli Jahilo, Rachel LovelockRiina PõldroosTanel VeenreKatrin Aasmaa, Mariliis Niine, Natalia RiveraSita Murt, Social Fashion Monsters, Taavi Turk, Meik by Arinda

For more information about the project, email [email protected]

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