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A journal by young Syrian refugees

Lebanon, Syria, September 12, 2013

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Our Moving Forward program in Lebanon is focused on giving young Syrian refugees constructive activities and creative outlets to support their healthy development.

The structure of twice-weekly sessions and the mentorship of trained volunteers from their own community help the adolescents develop friendships, adjust to their new surroundings, and find purpose that gives them hope for their future.

Earlier this year, 300 kids between the ages of 10 and 15 participated in our photojournalism workshops. They were taught the basics of photography and writing and embarked on a project to document their lives — both in Syria and now in Lebanon.

The result is a book, excerpted here, that gives these young people a voice in this massive crisis. Scroll through the slideshow above to see their photos, drawings, letters and poems.

MORE PHOTOS: Meet 11-year-old Fadi Kaheel and see his images from the workshop ▸

As more refugees continue fleeing the escalating violence in Syria, Mercy Corps teams in Lebanon are expanding these programs to new communities. Learn more about how we're protecting Syria's children ▸