Chronicling the process of working on WAR-TOYS from the perspective of toy photographer Brian McCarty.

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Full Day of Art-Based Interviews

On February 25th, Art Therapist Myra Saad and I spent our first day working together again with three groups of Syrian refugee children. The Kayany Foundation kindly provided use of a classroom at their Malala Yousafzai All-Girls School and organized the groups – one all-girls (ages 13-16) and two mixed gender (ages 8-12) from the neighboring Kuzbari-Rotary German School.

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Return to Lebanon

With the IS theft of my work and subsequent media coverage last year, I decided to keep my travel to Lebanon low profile until after I was done working with refugee children near the Syrian border. Even though IS has very little presence or influence in the area where I was working, I felt it was best to err on the side of caution and not endanger the children in any way. As a result, I didn’t update the travelog or post very much on social media while in the field. In the coming days, I’ll be remedying that and looking back on the work. 

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Overview: Lebanon & Syrian Refugees, 2014

I spent four weeks in late 2014 working throughout Lebanon, gathering and articulating perspectives from children with diverse backgrounds. Art based interviews were conducted with Syrian refugees sheltering within sight of the eastern border, Iraqi refugees who were born in exile from their homeland, and Lebanese boys just outside of Tripoli, many of whom had been exposed and even participated in heavy sectarian fighting.

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Tripoli / Last Day in Beirut

I was advised that the security situation in Tripoli was still too volatile to attempt photographing within affected areas of the city. Pulling out a camera in the wrong neighborhood, let alone attempting a toy setup, could cause trouble quickly and with little warning. 

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