Exhibition: ‘From Despair to Hope: Children Beyond Armed Conflict’

When: 21 March – 28 April 2024
Where: BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, Rue Ravensteinstraat 23, 1000 Brussels

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Children are the most vulnerable in times of armed conflict. Wars and hostilities deprive them of their lives, families, friends, homes and rights – essentially of their very childhood and future. They become both targets and instruments of war. They are recruited and used by armed forces and armed groups, abducted, maimed or killed and sexually violated. Their schools and hospitals are attacked, and they are deprived of essential humanitarian aid. Through a collection of powerful portraits, the globally renowned humanitarian photojournalist and correspondent, Paddy Dowling, hopes to reflect the complexity of the lives of children amidst conflict, emphasizing both the tragedy of their stories, their strength and their faith in a better future.

​In the framework of the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, organised by the Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Kingdom of Belgium, the Office of the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict and the European Commission.

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