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© Alma Haser & Nick Ballon, United Kingdom

Razan*, 7 years old, faces complex and accumulative psychological impact after being pulled from the rubble in an attack in Syria.

Razan* and her family fled their home following a bombardment, only to be displaced more than 10 times in the same city. When a home she was staying in was bombed, Razan* was pulled from the wreckage and witnessed people dying and suffering with grave injuries. She lost her mother, father and sister to the violent conflict. As a result of the trauma that she has experienced, Razan* has difficulty differentiating between fact and fiction. In order to visualise the psychological pain that children like Razan* suffer, photographer Nick Ballon and artist Alma Haser worked in collaboration with Save the Children to produce a powerful photography and animation project called Invisible Wounds. These photographs, taken near the Turkey-Syria border, where the children now live, have been physically manipulated and art-worked by Haser using a variety of creative techniques, including ripping, folding, crumpling and origami – each one selected to suit the story the children told.

* indicates that name has been changed to protect identities.