Rhys is working hard in post-production of our Keyy Story for @theunmentionablesorg this week.
Crafting this story is a true privilege // it’s incredible to see so much heart + goodness emerge from such a tragic + unfathomable crisis.
And that’s what our Keyy Stories series will be: stories of heart, intellect, generosity, empathy and creativity.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: we can’t wait to share them with you soon! 💜
Please reach out if you have, or if you know of someone who has a story to tell 🙋🏼♀️ [Link in our bio.]
South Sudanese refugee children are seen during a moment of joy, Bibibidi settlement for South Sudanese refugees, August 2017. For many of the South Sudanese refugees I met when working on the photo story Endless in 2017, the education of their children is one of the possible paths for a better and peaceful future. In 2017 the South Sudanese refugees in Uganda reached one million people from whom more than 85% are children and women, according to UN and UNHCR. A displacement of people result of the ongoing civil war in South Sudan, that has killed tens of thousands, sent more than 2 million civilians fleeing the country and left millions internally displaced, without regular access to food on the territory of South Sudan. “Endless” is a visual black and white photo essay which focuses visually on the South Sudanese refugees who found refuge in the Bidibidi settlement situated in Northern Uganda which aims to bring attention to the endless displacement that the civilian population of South Sudan is facing for years as at the end of 2013 a civil war hit the newborn nation.
South Sudan declared independence from Sudan in 2011 and became the world’s youngest nation. The newborn country became home for more than 60 indigenous ethnic groups with 80 linguistic partitions among, as of 2016, with population of around 12 million people.
Today there are more than 65.6 million people around the world who are forcibly displaced of whom 22.5 million people are externally displaced due to war, persecution and instability in their homelands. from the ongoing series * “Endless - Unending Displacement for South Sudanese People” Photo / Boryana Katsarova / Cosmos. 🌎 World Refugee Day #worldrefugeeday#human#humans#people#refugees#children#child#blackandwhitephotography#worldrefugeeday2018
Sad to see sections of this @liverpoolbiennial work torn down whether petty vandalism or something more underlying. The List on Great George Street traces information relating to the deaths of more than 34,000 refugees and migrants who have died on the borders of Europe since 1993. We hear figures in the media, but a visual representation is hard hitting #worldrefugeeday2018#beautifulworldwhereareyou#liverpool#lb2018#thelist#banucennetoglu @guardian
#Repost from @newhumansofaustralia… When we heard that Australia had accepted us as refugees, my mum was like, ‘But we don’t have any idea about Australia!’ I was 16 when we arrived. That first night was horrible, as we were tired and scared, and it was really dark outside. We thought we’d be living in an apartment building and a house was strange for us. The next day, my mum was like, ‘I want to go back – book a flight for me, I can’t stay here anymore. Look, everything is green!’ She was scared of animals, like snakes. We told her, ‘No, just close the door, nothing will come; you will feel safe soon!’ We first studied English, then did our year 11 and 12. It was a little bit challenging at the beginning because we had missed year 10, and the education system was different. The language was a big challenge too. But then we just got used to it and we ended up doing better! All the teachers were really proud of us because we were doing such good work. I’ve now been accepted into a degree in International Studies at the University of Wollongong, and I plan to follow that with Law. One day, I hope to work for a human rights organisation.
But we are happy in Wollongong too. We used to love the noise in Syria but now we love the quiet environment, and the beautiful beaches, and all the trees!
We feel we belong here.
Photographer: Jodi Ward @rubyandtedphoto
Last month I was involved with a group of photographers who volunteered their time to take family pictures at the International Rescue Committee's annual World Refugee Day event. It was such a wonderful day and so many cultures came together and United as one. Each family received a printed and framed photo to take home. Here are some pics from the day.
Photos courtesy of Barbara Keeler.
The whole elf refugee day was in a beautiful place full of lights and many important people who are working harder to give all of us former refugees and future refugees coming to New Zealand, the best new beginning possible. It was a beautiful night, full of people, we didn’t have spear seats to start with ♥️