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

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

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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

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