|In the face of adversity: • food nourishes • shelter protects • hospitality opens doors • education rebuilds futures|
(Rome) June 10, 2013 — The Jesuit Refugee Service International office presents Sanctuary and Sustenance, an outdoor photo projection and indoor photo gallery, next week in Rome to mark World Refugee Day. The photographs chronicle the resilience of refugees and the hospitality of their host countries.
From June 18 through June 21, a 12-minute video illustrating the lives and difficulties faced by refugees will be projected on the façade of the Chiesa del Gesù. Inside the church a subset of photos on the experiences of Syrian and Congolese refugees will be exhibited through June 30.
Hospitality is a deeply human value, recognizing everyone’s individual claim to be welcomed and respected. Sanctuary and Sustenance represents a holistic vision of hospitality offered to refugees with food, shelter, tolerance and education.
This exhibition demonstrates how hospitality — building a strong, supportive community, transcending religious and ethnic divides — enables refugees to become active members of their new communities.
Our particular focus is on Syria and Congolese refugees and characterizes our belief in the importance of hospitality in emergencies. It is often in the darkest moments of life when the generosity of human beings comes to the fore, when its impact is so crucial.
Sanctuary and Sustenance is made possible in cooperation with La Repubblica, Centro Astalli and Prime with contributions from Loyola University Chicago and the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See.
• Outdoor digital photo projection: June 18, 19 and 20 from 9:30 p.m. until midnight.
• Indoor photo gallery: June 18 through June 30 from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and 4 p.m. until 7:45 p.m.
Chiesa del Gesù
Piazza del Gesù, 00186
You can learn more about the work of Art Works Projects for Human Rights on their website.
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