Excerpted from the UK Daily Mail:
They are homeless, hungry and sometimes alone. But their stunning pictures show how they have managed to retain some shred of childlike innocence.
Children whose lives have been torn apart by war have captured the bleakness, beauty, fun and even playful laughter against all the odds of life inside the Kawergosk refugee camp in northern Iraq.
Displaced by fighting in Syria, the children – some who have been made orphans and crave the peace and normality of a place to call home – were given cameras and training to take photos of their lives inside the camp.
Set up by world-renowned photographer Reza Nomade, the ‘Exile Voices’ project offered them a chance to show the world what their lives are really like. They are homeless, hungry and sometimes alone. But their stunning pictures show how they have managed to retain some shred of childlike innocence.
Some images are more typical of what we expect life inside a refugee camp to be like: A child’s sandals muddied by the ground underneath, another lying face-down in the rubble surrounded by make-shift homes and a man carrying massive containers of water to his thirsty family.
But most of them simply show how – despite the dire circumstances – life, and mundane chores like having a bath and collecting water to drink, goes on.