Below are some Syrian refugee families photographed by award-winning photographer Dario Mitidieri in refugee camps in the Bekaa Valley where Caritas Lebanon is working, only 9 km from the Syrian border.
Caritas and its partners have been supporting vulnerable refugee families in Syria and across Lebanon, Jordan and Europe for many years.
According to Caritas Lebanon there are an estimated 1,500 refugee camps in the Bekaa Valley that are home to 400,000 men, women and children whose lives have been shattered.
Sponsored by the creative agency, M&C Saatchi, the ‘Lost Family Portraits’ awareness campaign shows Syrian refugees in a classic family portrait with an empty space or chairs to represent their loved ones who have been killed or gone missing during the five-year conflict.
Dario Mitidieri said his photographs should act as a reminder never to forget the suffering of these families, and many more affected by the war.