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Travelog

Chronicling the process behind WAR-TOYS from the perspective of toy photographer Brian McCarty.

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Designing Cities / Group Art Activities

From my very first WAR-TOYS trip, I've had few opportunities to work with the same children over multiple sessions. The reasons vary from deteriorating security situations (like in Gaza) to a lack of resources and/or access. Many organizations don't have ongoing psychosocial programs in which to integrate the project, and I wasn't in a position to create temporary workshops to fill in the gaps. To do this, I needed a dedicated art therapist, NGO support, and adequate funding. Happily, this year, everything came together.

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Full Day of Art-Based Interviews

On February 25th, Art Therapist Myra Saad and I spent our first day working together again with three groups of Syrian refugee children. The Kayany Foundation kindly provided use of a classroom at their Malala Yousafzai All-Girls School and organized the groups – one all-girls (ages 13-16) and two mixed gender (ages 8-12) from the neighboring Kuzbari-Rotary German School.

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Return to Lebanon

With the IS theft of my work and subsequent media coverage last year, I decided to keep my travel to Lebanon low profile until after I was done working with refugee children near the Syrian border. Even though IS has very little presence or influence in the area where I was working, I felt it was best to err on the side of caution and not endanger the children in any way. As a result, I didn’t update the travelog or post very much on social media while in the field. In the coming days, I’ll be remedying that and looking back on the work. 

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