Syrian children’s rights – how we told their stories using animation

Vignette recently teamed up with UNICEF Syria to produce a series of videos that highlight the rights of children as articulated in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

As we couldn’t easily film inside Syria, we had to work with the country office to tell children’s stories through a unique mix of animation, audio and short video clips.

We approached Syrian filmmakers with experience working on human rights issues. They helped us identify children to feature in a series of short animated videos on topics that included:

  • Torture, landmines and violence
  • Food and nutrition
  • Education
  • Child labor
  • Health services
  • Recruitment of children for use in armed conflict
  • Clean water access

Through these animated videos, the children describe key moments in their young lives in which their basic rights were curbed. The results are powerful.

Here are a few of the videos:

Clean drinking water


Children should be at school, not work

By Tara Todras-Whitehill

Tara worked as a staff photographer for the Associated Press for four years in the Middle East, covering the uprisings, revolutions and numerous elections in the Arab world. Her photography has been featured in the New York Times, National Geographic and Washington Post, among many others. She also works on personal projects focused on women's issues. Her passion is trying to portray strong women changing their lives and the world around them.

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