Anicet, 10, stars in ‘Doctor Malaria’.

HOW WE SURVIVED

By Patrick Willocq

A collaboration with award-winning photographer Patrick Willocq to recreate the experiences of children escaping conflict in Burundi and Syria.

In partnership with Pearson, Save the Children collaborated with award-winning photographer Patrick Willocq to recreate the experiences of children escaping conflict in Burundi and Syria.

Willocq created the striking images in Nyarugusu camp in Tanzania, which hosts more than 30,000 Burundian refugee children, and a refugee community in Bekaa Valley in Lebanon, where there are over 190,000 Syrian children seeking refuge. 

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'The Journey' depicts Iveye's gruelling mountain crossing from Burundi to Tanzania, carrying her 18-month-old sister Rebecca on her back.

Iveye, 8, is the leading lady in 'The Journey'. It depicts her gruelling mountain crossing from Burundi to Tanzania, carrying her 18-month-old sister Rebecca on her back. Many children make this journey alone, sometimes walking for two days without food. Today, Iveye is a top student at a local primary school. She attends a Save the Children-funded Child Friendly Space for the psychological support she needs. She remembers Patrick and she hopes to meet him again - she would like to see where he lives and to meet his children.

Willocq spent months listening to the stories of children attending our programmes in the camps.

He joined forces with children, artists, and tradespeople who built theatrical sets using materials found in the community.

The children then turned subjects, re-enacting their memories, their new reality and dreams for the future.

This image is based on an original drawing by Walaa, telling the story of the moment her school was bombed.

Walaa, 11, features in ‘What Happened (The Past)’. She fled Syria with her pregnant mother. This image is based on an original drawing by Walaa, telling the story of the moment her school was bombed. She now attends a Save the Children-funded Child Friendly Space in Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. She wants to go back to school so she can be a doctor, and hopes her family is resettled soon. “Could anyone help me find a school?” she asks.

More than 3.5 million refugee children are out of school.

The average length of time as a refugee is 17 years, meaning millions of children are missing out on their right to learn.

We are working to protect these children against the horrors of war, to help them to learn, and give them a chance of a bright future.

Anicet, 10, stars in ‘Doctor Malaria’.

Anicet, 10, stars in ‘Doctor Malaria’.

“I wanted to show real children, involve the subjects, listen to them and create a set together staging their lives and desires,” says Willocq. I wanted the resulting photos to be empowering representations of these children while upholding their dignity.”

 

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