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Powerful Pictures Taken By Syrian Teens Show Daily Life In A Refugee Camp

09/12/2015 14:05 GMT | Updated 09/12/2015 14:59 GMT

Two years ago Save the Children began to teach some of the children living in Zaatari, a refugee camp in Jordan, photography skills.

The charity wanted the teenagers to be able to create a reflection of how they saw their home - not how outsiders saw it.

The Zaatari camp, which was founded in July 2012 as a temporary home for 100 families, now has nearly 80,000 "persons of concern" residing there, according to UN statistics - which are by no means accurate.

Life inside Zaatari is harsh; residents have described the camp as "dangerous", "cramped", and with a high rates of sexual violence and rape.

However, as STC's photography project My Own Account has shown, there are glimpses of children living normal lives, and finding laughter in a destitute place.

The children, who were taught their skills by Magnum photographer Michael Christopher Brown, are having their photographs posted on Instagram, as well as in a book - created by advertising agency Mother.

Editor's note: The quotes alongside the images don't necessarily correlate with the photographs. They are quotes by some of the teenagers involved in the project.

Pictures from inside Syrian refugee camp Zaatari (list)