Marianne and Melina Moussali, from Aleppo, have founded a unique collection of dolls to help aid the plight of those affected by the Syrian war. The pair started the ‘Ana’ collection, which means ‘I am’ in Arabic, in the hopes of giving Syrian children a voice. The beautiful embroidered figures are hand-stitched with illustrations based on the stories of displaced children and families.
Each doll, currently available in the UAE, Kuwait and Lebanon, is given the name of a refugee and once sold, part of the proceeds go back to the refugees themselves. Syrian immigrant women in Lebanon, from NGO Bassma & Zeitooneh, take part in the production and are paid for each one they embroider.
Amina, a refugee from Aleppo, stitches one of the dolls
On why they launched the collection, the pair said, "Through our dolls and embroidery, we want to portray the hopeful voices, colourful dreams and stories of war-torn children and their families. We want to spread the unheard, simple stories and aspirations of everyday people like us who are forced daily to flee their homes. Our hope is to continue to provide jobs for even more women in need and to spread as many stories as we can around the world."
For more information, visit theanacollection.org