Lost Family Portraits: meeting Souraya’s family

A great blog piece about the plight of Syrian refugees in the Bekka Valley in Lebanon from Nana Anto-Awuakye, CAFOD’s World News Manager. Today an international pledging conference is taking place in London to help find more funds for the millions of Syrian refugees displaced internally and outside of Syria who are desperately in need of extra help. Many thanks Nana.

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Nana Anto-Awuakye is CAFOD’s World News Manager. She recently met families living in the Bekka refugee camp in Lebanon as part of CAFOD’s Lost Family Portaits project.

Nana with young refugee children Nana playing with some of the young children at Bekka refugee camp

Last Christmas, various family members snapped away on their latest mobile phone cameras, and we all dutifully posed for the camera. I asked for the unflattering photos of me to be deleted, my sister refused saying, “It’s Christmas, and we are all together.”

Only a few weeks earlier I was in Lebanon’s Bekka valley, just nine kilometres from the Syrian border. I was working with our partner Caritas Lebanon Migrant Centre, the photographer Dario Mitidieri, and the creative agency M&C Saatchi to photograph family portraits of Syrian refugees inside some of the informal camp settlements in the Bekka.

See the Lost Family Portraits

Our arrival with the photography crew creates an air…

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