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Natalie Naccache | Our Limbo

Country of origin: Lebanon
Project location: Syria
Program: Arab Documentary Photography Program
Year: 2014

"Psychologically, mentally, emotionally, it's on lockdown for all of us", Diana, age 24 from Damascus, residing in Qatar.

A group of young Syria women, who grew up together, left for Beirut before the outbreak of the civil war to study in Lebanese universities. Their plan was always to return to Syria, to their families and find jobs. As the civil war unfolded, their plans to return to their homeland faded. After they graduated, their tight group had been broken into fragments that would end up in different countries. This story focuses on the psychological effects of losing your homeland, and the difficulty of adapting to a new country.

It is estimated that three and a half million Syrians have left the country during the course of the civil war which erupted in 2011. Over three million have sought refuge in neighboring countries such as Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq. Meanwhile, approximately 150,000 Syrians have declared asylum in the European Union and millions remain displaced within Syria.