Amidst a difficult life in the refugee camps of Jordan, a group of Syrians is trying to highlight the Syrian crisis by creating sculptures of iconic sites of Syria which are partially destroyed or under threat.

From the iconic site of Palmyra to the Krak des Chevaliers, the artists are working with the help of basic tools and materials gathered from the areas around the Za’atari refugee camp.

The initiative led by Ahmad Hariri, who is the project coordinator, aims at highlighting the incidents occurred in Syria.

Here are some of the pictures:


Mahmoud Hariri, 25, building a model of Palmyra using clay and wooden kebab skewers.


Ismail Hariri, 44, began sculpting at an early age. He worked as an interior designer before the conflict forced him to flee to Jordan with his wife and children in 2013.



The Citadel of Aleppo is one of the oldest and largest castles in the world, towering over the old city from a strategic position atop a 40-metre-high plateau.


A replica of the Deir ez-Zor suspension bridge erected for pedestrians in 1927, across the Euphrates River in north-eastern Syria. It was destroyed by shelling in 2013.


A replica of the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, built 1,300 years ago. It is said to be one of the largest and oldest mosques in the world.


A replica of the Norias of Hama, constructed over 750 years ago along the Orontes River. The wheel used the power of the current to lift pots of water to higher elevation.


A replica of the huge bronze statue of the famed military and political leader Ayyubid Sultan Saladin who successfully led Muslim opposition to the European Crusaders in the Levant during the 12th century.


All images sourced from UNHCR