56-year old Amina is one of 80 Syrian women in a Beirut refugee camp who are embroidering designs onto dolls that share the stories and dreams of mothers still living in war-torn Aleppo.
The dolls are the brainchild of the Mousalli family, a Lebanese father, Syrian mother, and their daughters, who collect stories of women in Aleppo through a relative who remains in Syria.
Marianne Mousalli, a designer, explains: “Today most of what we see on TV is focused on the idea of a war in Syria.”
“We often forget that there are people who still live there, and that they have stories to tell. It’s not that people don’t care, but they see a big war, they don’t see individuals.”
She hopes that by giving the dolls a name and story of a real person in Aleppo, she will make their struggle ‘much easier to relate to.’
Read more about this on the UNHCR’s website