"Act For The Disappeared"
In 2015, in the frame of a project led in partnership with the European Union and Act For the Disappeared, ABAAD was appointed a focal point to carry out art therapy sessions with families of the disappeared of Lebanon, with a focus on the gendered impact of the disappearance on Women.
The groups were thus largely composed of women (mothers, wives, and daughters of the Disappeared, most of whom are men). Many of them were left without sons, husbands, and fathers to provide support in the household, pushing the women to bear the brunt of bringing up their families on their own.
It is to be noted that some of the participants were men.
Five groups (two in Tyr, one in Beirut, one in Byblos, and one in Tripoli) each received eight sessions throughout the year. Each of the groups then discussed, planned, and implemented a piece of art to commemorate their missing.