This Photo Series Aims To Give Syrian Children Their Identities Back

Rania Matar's series, Invisible Children, puts a face to the term, "Syrian refugee."

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Originally from Lebanon and currently living in Boston, Rania Matar has close ties to the complex issues in the Middle East. During Matar's visits to Lebanon this past summer, she was shocked by the noticeable influx of Syrian refugee children, many of whom were left without a roof over their head and no choice but to fend for themselves.

In an interview with BuzzFeed, Matar discussed the inspiration for her project, Invisible Children.

"For these kids… the group identity is defining them – not their individual identity. They were referred to as 'Syrian refugees.'"

"The solution has to be way bigger than Lebanon. It is such an overwhelming problem that you don't know where to start and people forget that ultimately these are people."

"With the situation in the Middle East, you cannot leave those kids stranded on the streets… they're going to end up with the wrong people, in the wrong place, at the wrong time."

Matar has hopes of returning to Lebanon.

"It's the beginning of a project. It's something I'd like to go back and keep doing."