The organization Awareness and Prevention Through Art, also known as AptART, recently worked with Syrian children in Zaatari, a small city within Jordan that currently holds about 104,000* Syrian refugees.
According to AptART’s website:
"AptART works with refugees both inside Syria as well as those who have fled across borders. In Jordan’s Za’atari Refugee camp aptART partners with ACTED, working with the over 120,000 people who now call this camp home. Zaatari is now the second largest refugee camp in the world as more people arrive daily.
The work with Syrian youth is both individual and collaborative, exploring the mental and physical space of refuge. Together, the youth and their communities reflect upon the shared experiences of a shattered homeland while trying to create a colourful and uplifting environment inside the bleak refugee camps. The projects create a sense of ownership by scrawling messages and splashing colours across shared spaces from washrooms to schools to community centres.”
While pictures of the Zaatari camp are not yet posted on the AptART website, I’ve shared some below which I found on Creative Boom’s website:
*While the article state that there are 120,000 refugees in Zaatari, The United Nations Hugh Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) website reflects the most recent population; there are 104,809 Syrian refugees living in Zaatari as of March 5th, 2014.