Children Of Syria

About the Project

In 2011, as part of the Arab Spring movement, protests in Syria broke out against the government. The protests turned into a conflict as armed forces violently suppressed the uprisings. This conflict has continued for over 11 years, displacing about 13 million Syrians and killing over 300,000 civilians. 

A print exhibition produced by ART WORKS Projects, 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. Photographer Kate Brooks said, “The consequences of what is happening now are going to play out for years to come. We’re talking about a lost generation of children.” This exhibit aims to raise awareness about the conflict in Syria and specifically the impact it is having on children. Although produced in 2014, this exhibit is relevant today as the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine and anti-refugee sentiment in Turkey has led to increased conversation and attention on the war in Syria. 

about the artists

Lynsey Addario

Lynsey Addario is an award-winning American photojournalist.

Kate Brooks

Kate Brooks is an American photojournalist who works in the Middle East.

Bassam Khabieh

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

Javier Manzano is an award-winning photojournalist currently based in and covering the Middle East.

Ayman Oghanna

Ayman Oghanna is a British Iraqi, born and raised in London, who now works covering the Arab World.

Tara Todras-Whitehill

Tara Todras-Whitehill is a photojournalist and communications consultant based in Istanbul, Turkey.

Exhibit video

ART WORKS Projects produced a video showing many of the photos from this exhibit alongside information and statistics about the crisis in Syria.

Children of Syria video (3 min. 21 sec.)

Public Programs

March 19, 2014

625 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago
Special thanks to Lynsey Addario, Photographer; Kate Brooks; Bassam Khabieh; Javier Manzano; Ayman Oghanna & Tara Todras-Whitehill; and Leah Missbach Day, Photographer.

April 2, 2014

625 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago
Special thanks to speakers Wendy Pearlman, Crown Junior Chair in Middle East Studies and Assistant Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University; Karen AbuZayd, Commissioner at Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic; and moderator Dr. Mandy Terc, Middle East Anthropologist and Syria Expert.

Panel Discussion with Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel moderated by Nabeel Khoury. Hosted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs; The Chicago Club; Chicago, IL

Russell Senate Office Building. Remarks by Senator John McCain and presented with UNHCR and The Better World Foundation; Washington, D.C.

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A few people look at an exhibition of Congo Women in New York

New York installation of Congo/Women

support for this project

Children of Syria was produced in partnership with the Frankel Family Foundation and Printlab Chicago.