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Syria

Teacher Resources

Thank you for making portraits for children in Syria!

We know that many teachers use the Portrait Program as a chance to teach their students about the lives and culture of the children for whom they create portraits. Feel free to use the following resources to guide your discussions. 

Overview

The Syrian conflict has been called the worst humanitarian crisis of our time. Due to years of brutal civil war, millions of families have been displaced and many Syrian children are growing up in refugee camps with no experience of life outside a barbed-wire fence. Each portrait your students create for these children will carry a message of kindness and hope from a different world. Each portrait will help them see the beauty of their inner strength and show them they are not forgotten by you, your students, or the rest of the world. 

Helpful Links

This article by Al Jazeera summarizes the origins, big players, and current state of Syrian the civil war. 

SYRIAN CIVIL WAR

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A seven-year-old Syrian girl tells her story of fleeing Syria by boat for Greece in this video by Unicef. 

FLEEING TO SAFETY

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This short video from ABC News shows life through the eyes of Syrian children living in refugee camps.

LIFE IN REFUGEE CAMPS

Get a taste of traditional Syrian cuisine with this article about food in Damascus from Pilot Guides. 

SYRIAN CUISINE

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Atlas Obscura lists some of Syria's top attractions here

TOP ATTRACTIONS

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See how two Americans and a Syrian coder are saving civilian lives with a phone app that detects bomb strikes in this Wired article.  

TECH SAVES LIVES

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