From Bekaa to Brighton: Syrian stories, UK aid

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Syrian children look out over an informal refugee settlement in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, November 2013. The border with Syria lies just beyond the mountains a few miles away.

Since 2013, I’ve made a number of visits to both Jordan and Lebanon, which between them are now hosting well in excess of 2 million Syrian refugees – documenting how UK aid is helping people who are living in formal refugee camps as well those living in informal camps and urban areas. Some of my images from these trips will be exhibited this month, as part of the Photo Fringe festival in Brighton.

Syria is the world’s biggest and most urgent humanitarian crisis; more than 6.6 million people are displaced inside Syria and over 4.8 million people have been forced to become refugees in neighbouring countries such as Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.

The UK is at the forefront of the response to the crisis and has committed more than £2.3 billion in aid, helping to provide food, water and sanitation, basic healthcare, shelter, jobs and education to many people in desperate need.

All of the people in these photographs have been helped in some way, even though the conditions in which they are living are still incredibly challenging. These images – and their stories – aim to convey their tremendous resilience, and that, despite the difficulties, help is getting through. To find out more, visit: www.facebook.com/SyriaCrisisUKaid.

The exhibition is on from Friday 7th – Thursday 13th October, at Nick Ford Photography, 19 Oxford Street, Brighton, BN1. Please do come along if you can. There will be a private view on Friday 6th, from 5.30-9pm. You can see a selection of some the images below, and more on my website

Proceeds from any print sales will be donated to Doctors of the World (Medicins du Monde), who provide medical assistance to refugees in more than 80 countries worldwide, including in Syria and the region, and in the UK.

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About russellphoto

Photographer and multimedia producer/editor working in international development. Also on Twitter @russellphoto
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