Jesuit Refugee Service Asia Pacific recently ran an urban refugee photo project in Bangkok called See What I See. The project enabled the refugees themselves to share their stories through photography. This simple idea really seems to have captured people's interest and has helped us in our mission to accompany, serve and advocate for the rights of urban refugees in Bangkok.
The project involved urban asylum seekers from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, China and Cambodia. They participated in a one-day photography training at our office and were lent small cameras for two months. When they came back, they told the stories behind their photos and decided which they would like to display.
They asylum seekers are from different countries and left their homes for different reasons, but they all now live in Bangkok, waiting for resettlement.
Photos made by the asylum seekers can be seen on the JRS AP website by clicking here. Scenes from an exhibition of the photography by the urban asylum seekers can be found by clicking here.
Thank you to Molly Mullen and Valeria Racemoli who trained the refugees, accompanied them through the process and organized the exhibition of their work.
Download the JRS Asia Pacific newsletter here; images from the project are on pages 14 & 15.
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