These images were taken in Lebanon in May 2013. The children are mostly from Yarmouk in Damascus, a Palestinian 'camp' cum suburb. The mothers were reluctant to be photographed but were very friendly and chatty, and expressed their love for Syria and their wish to return (if they could not get on a plane with me to Australia, one said). There are a few individual images of children who look forlorn and lost as refugee children are often depicted; however,I hoped to show the children as they presented themselves to us - high-spirited and bright. They could be my neighbour's children, but unlike the children next door, they face a very uncertain future. Yet, their future may determine ours to some extent, wherever we are.
(Soon after these images were taken, a SKY news reporter filmed people from Yarmouk prevented from returning home by 'rebels'.)