Painting outside the lines: Refugees redefine boundaries of camp life through own art

Published November 23rd, 2014 - 04:46 GMT

Nearly four years into Syria's conflict, some of the impacts are easy to quantify: more than 9 million displaced into neighboring countries; 2.8 million children out of school; more than 160,000 lives lost so far. And that's before you mention the more recent shockwaves caused by the Islamic State militant group.

It's harder perhaps, to consider the real-time effects of such figures on the displaced people themselves, or what they might look like drawn out on the concrete walls of camps that many refugees now call home. 

Last week for Universal Children's Day, international aid groups ACTED and AptART rolled out the results of Paint Outside the Lines, an ongoing program allowing refugee children to express themselves through public art projects in Iraqi Kurdistan and, most recently, Jordan. 

Led by collaborations from local and international artists, the program aims to help children "transform their communities with large-scale public art," taking paintbrushes to empty spaces and opening new creative channels for young people left without other outlets

Have a quick look at the project's timeline in stunning photos by Samantha Robison and Jared Kohler. 

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