Once Upon a War

As a result of the Syrian civil war, 4.6 million Syrians have become refugees. As a Syrian citizen myself and as a human, I felt the need to help. MALAAK, an NGO providing aid and education for Syrian refugees, granted me with the privilege to collaborate with a group of girls who are temporarily residing in a refugee camp in Akkar, Lebanon. β€œOnce Upon a War” is the outcome of my life-altering encounter with these girls.

Most of them never get the chance to play pretend because their reality is over dominating. It is why Plastik Studios and I decided to throw a costume party in the camp. They got to dress up as their favorite Disney princesses and talk about their aspirations.

These girls are real life heroines and I am honored that I got the chance to dream with them. As a celebration of International Women’s Day (March 8), we wanted the girls to document their lives over the next week. We gave them a Snapchat workshop, and they will be taking over my Snapchat account ( Username: SaintHoax ) starting tomorrow to share their stories with the world.

How you can help

Due to war and displacement, the education of most refugee girls is disrupted. This often leads to sexual and gender-based violence, increased risks of exploitation, and early marriage/pregnancy. It’s highly important to educate and empower girls in refugee camps. You can help by donating to MALAAK.