Letter from the Executive Director
September, 2016

Heidi Diedrich


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A new print exhibition produced by ART WORKS Projects for Human Rights. The Children of Syria features the work of international photographers documenting the lives of displaced and refugee children who have been impacted by the current crisis in Syria. Images by award-winning collaborators explore the manner in which the conflict has affected Syria’s youngest citizens in terms of health, security, and education.

Photography by Lynsey Addario, Kate Brooks, Bassam Khabieh, Javier Manzano, Ayman Oghanna & Tara Todras-Whitehill

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US Institute of Peace
October, 2014
2301 Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20037

USAID’s Ronald Reagan Building Lobby,
June 2014
USAID’s Ronald Reagan Building Lobby
1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20523

Washington, D.C.
Monday, May 19 – Friday, May 23, 2014, Russell Senate Office Building, Russell Rotunda
Including remarks by Senators John McCain and presented with UNHCR and The Better World Foundation

Sanctuary & Sustenance: Lakeshore Campus
Tuesday, April 8, Loyola University Lakeshore Campus
Panel discussion and installation of The Children of Syria, followed by a projection of
ART WORKS Projects’ Sanctuary & Sustenance: The Story of Many Journeys

Sanctuary & Sustenance: The Plight of Syrian Refugees
Monday, April 7, Loyola University Water Tower Campus
Day-long symposium culminating with an evening program featuring The Children of Syria.
Presented by ART WORKS Projects, Loyola University, and Northwestern University.

Exhibition Closing Reception
Wednesday, April 2 at 6:25 PM, 625 N. Kingsbury Street
Remarks will be made by Wendy Pearlman, Crown Junior Chair in Middle East Studies and
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University, and Karen AbuZayd,
Commissioner at Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab
Republic, moderated by Dr. Mandy Terc, Middle East Anthropologist and Syria Expert.

A complimentary exhibition of images by Leah Missbach Day provides intimate glimpses
into pre-war life in Damascus and Aleppo.

Syrians Under Siege
Tuesday, April 1 at 5:00PM, The Chicago Club, 81 E. Van Buren Street
The Children of Syria will be featured at this Chicago Council on Global affairs event
featuring David Millibrand, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee
Tickets HERE

 The Children of Syria Opening and Panel Discussion
Wednesday, March 19 at 6:25 PM, 625 N. Kingsbury Street
Featuring: Ian Hurd, Northwestern University, and Shelly Pitterman, UNHCR

The Syria Dilemma
Monday, February 19 at 5:30pm, The Chicago Club, 81 E. Van Buren
Panel Discussion with Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel moderated by Nabeel Khoury.
Hosted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.


About the photographers:

Lynsey Addario is an American photojournalist whose work often focuses on conflict and human rights issues. She is the recipient of multiple awards, including the MacArthur Fellowship in 2009.

Kate Brooks has worked extensively across the Middle East and South Asia, covering many of the major news stories in both regions and photographing life in areas of conflict.

Bassam Khabieh is a Syrian photographer who has covered some of the most painful and important aspects of the Syrian conflict from inside the country while working with Reuters.

Javier Manzano is an award-winning photojournalist currently based in and covering the Middle East. Manzano specializes in video production and documentary photography.

Ayman Oghanna is a British Iraqi, born and raised in London, who now works covering the Arab World. He has worked in Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine and Afghanistan.

Tara Todas-Whitehill has been living and photographing in the Middle East for over seven years. She is dedicated to covering women’s issues and portraying strong women changing the world around them.


The Children of Syria is sponsored in part by:

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