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Travelog

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

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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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Overview: Lebanon & Syrian Refugees, 2014

I spent four weeks in late 2014 working throughout Lebanon, gathering and articulating perspectives from children with diverse backgrounds. Art based interviews were conducted with Syrian refugees sheltering within sight of the eastern border, Iraqi refugees who were born in exile from their homeland, and Lebanese boys just outside of Tripoli, many of whom had been exposed and even participated in heavy sectarian fighting.

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Syrian Refugees / Kayany Foundation

Even after extending my stay in Lebanon, I decided that there wasn't enough time to gather and articulate accounts from all of the various refugee and local populations affected by war. Lebanon is at the crossroads of so many conflicts that it's going to take multiple trips to represent the perspectives of Iraqi, Syrian, Kurdish, Palestinian, and Lebanese children. For now, I chose to focus the majority of my remaining stay on Syrian children living in refugee camps in the Bekaa Valley. 

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Bekaa Valley, Lebanon

On November 19th I traveled with art therapist Myra Saad and Kayany Foundation representative Firas Suqi to the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Situated there on land rented from local farmers are a series of tent encampments housing recent Syrian refugees. Although a relatively new foundation, Kayany is only days away from opening its third school in the region. It's a remarkable accomplishment, providing direct benefit to children, many of whom haven't been inside a classroom for up to three years.

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