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Syria's war: Teenagers share stories from Zaatari refugee camp

Syria's war: Teenagers share stories from Zaatari refugee camp
From Al Jazeera - March 15, 2018

Zaatari refugee camp, Jordan - Mahmoud fled Syria when he was nine, Najat when she was 11.

Like many other Syrian teenagers, both of them grew up far away from home.

"7 Stories for 7 Years" is an immersive 360 documentary by Contrast VR - Al Jazeera's immersive media studio - and World Vision.

Narrated by Liam Cunningham, from Game of Thrones, the documentary shows the interwoven stories of seven young Syrian teenagers living in Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan.

Contrast VR held a workshop with seven teenagers, teaching them how to create their first 360 videos.

Comprising intimate footage shot by the teenagers, this documentary takes viewers into their world as they share their hopes, dreams and challenges.

Mobile users click here to view the immersive 360 documentary

Past the security checkpoint at its entrance, Zaatari refugee camp becomes a vast and complex matrix of nameless streets, districts and zones.

Along the bustling main road, nicknamed Champs-Elysees, pedestrians try and dodge the endless stream of young men on dusty bicycles, carts piled with vegetables, and the occasional car that belongs to an NGO.

A bright and colourful storefront showcases a vast array of wedding dresses. The next one emits the smoke and waft of a fresh shawarma.

A bunch of teenagers pass by the vibrant murals that decorate the walls on both sides of the streets. These are a new generation of Syrians who have grown up in NGO-sanctioned caravans.

Since its establishment in 2012, the camp, located in Jordan's northeast, has become a sprawling city that houses around 80,000 Syrian refugees - down from 150,000 that it housed during its peak.

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