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Embroidered dolls tell the stories of mothers in war-torn Aleppo

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By Emma Beswick
Embroidered dolls tell the stories of mothers in war-torn Aleppo

<p>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. </p> <p>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.</p> <p>Marianne Mousalli, a designer, explains: “Today most of what we see on TV is focused on the idea of a war in Syria.” </p> <p>“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.”</p> <p>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.’</p> <p>Read more about this on <a href="http://www.unhcr.org/news/stories/2017/3/58d90a044/handmade-dolls-bring-hidden-tales-war-torn-syria-life.html">the <span class="caps">UNHCR</span>’s website</a></p>