Syria: Reunited after damage

Build empathy and understanding about people affected by conflict through discussing a moving photograph.

Two young women embracing amid the rubble of a ruined building.
Quick activity, photo
Conflict, Newsthink

Over seven years of conflict in Syria have affected millions of people. Homes have been destroyed, people have had to flee the violence to other locations within Syria and to other countries, and many have lost or become separated from their loved ones.

These discussion and creative activities look at a photograph of two sisters who are reunited after a devastating airstrike in Syria, exploring what their thoughts and emotions may be.  


Learning objectives

Learners will:

  • build empathy through imagining how people affected by conflict may feel
  • improve their awareness of life in a conflict zone
  • discuss further information they would like to know about the situation.


Resource overview

1. Starter

Look at the photograph and decide on a short phrase that sums it up.

2. Photograph/discussion activity

Discuss possible captions for the photograph and consider how the sisters may have been feeling before, during and after the photograph was taken.

3. Creative extension activity

Think about the questions they would like to ask the girls, and imagine and write up a short interview.


This resource was written by P J White of Alt62 and published in January 2018.

The photo of two young women embracing amid the rubble of a ruined building © Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP/Getty Images.