Occupation: Refugee

A journey through the juxtaposing realities of the war refugee. Between living hope and resignation, current apprehension and faded memories

Project visual Occupation: Refugee
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Occupation: Refugee

<p> <img alt="_dsc1316" src="https://kkbb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/project_image/image/49770/_DSC1316.JPG"><img alt="_dsc1325" src="https://kkbb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/project_image/image/49768/_DSC1325.JPG"><img alt="_dsc1832" src="https://kkbb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/project_image/image/49887/_DSC1832.jpg"><img alt="_dsc1899_copia" src="https://kkbb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/project_image/image/49777/_DSC1899_copia.jpg"><img alt="De" src="https://kkbb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/project_image/image/49776/de.jpg">nul</p> <p> I started collecting personal stories of elderly refugees and former political prisoners while volunteering in a refugee camp there.</p> <p> <strong>I wanted to know what it means to lose everything; how could someone shoulder such a burden and accept the idea of permanent exile.</strong></p> <p> Hoping to be able to spread empathy for a human condition that could belong to any of us through these tales.</p> <p> In February 2013 I visited an area of Lebanon near the Syrian border, where thousands of Syrians seek refuge every day. They are escaping a conflict that has been raging over three years (since March 2011) and has caused the death and mass exhodus of over half of the population.</p> <p> Thanks to the NGO “Terres des Hommes”, I was able to reach Arsaal, a village in the Beqqa Valley, where I collected the stories of those who left everything behind in Syria.</p> <p> <strong>All these stories are unique but tied by a single thread: the longing to return home; the endless wait; and final resignation.</strong></p> <p> Comparing these life experiences, I began to realise how much this condition can change people both mentally and physically. Those who have only just managed to escape, still have enough hope and energy to believe in a better future, even though the horrors of the war are imprinted on their minds. They leave the country with a few belongings and the illusion that they will be back soon. They are psychologically exhausted, but they manage to hang on to their hope, which keeps them alive and active as they face the changes that life imposes on them. </p> <p> <strong>Those who now live permanently in their hos country often chose to become “full time” refugees.</strong> Often they do not integrate with the laws of the country that shelters them, forced to live without rights and duties.</p> <p> Resigned to a life of donations and handouts, bereft of hope for a better future for their children, they wait for a return home that for most of them will not happen.</p> <p>  </p>

Allocation of funds

<p> <img alt="_dsc0711" src="https://kkbb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/project_image/image/49773/_DSC0711.jpg"><img alt="_dsc1855-3" src="https://kkbb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/project_image/image/49771/_DSC1855-3.jpg"><img alt="_dsc1375-3" src="https://kkbb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/project_image/image/49772/_DSC1375-3.jpg"></p> <p>  </p> <p> <strong>The project will consist of a photographic reportage and a short documentary of the personal stories collected in Iran and Lebanon.</strong></p> <p>  </p> <p> I’m planning to return to Lebanon to meet Syrian refugees in various locations, and will focus my work and research on psychological effects on children.</p> <p> I would like to interview Afghan refugees who are still living in Iran, after fleeing from the two Afghan wars.</p> <p>  </p> <p> To complete the project <strong>“Occupation : Rifugiato”</strong>, I will work with local NGOs.</p> <p>  </p> <p> <strong>The money will be used to complete this project, paying at least part of the costs of transport, accommodation, during this two-month trip.</strong></p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p> <strong>Thanks for you support!</strong></p>



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Access to my private diary updated daily during my travel and a link to the final film. And a big thank you!


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Access to my private blog updated daily during my travel, link to the film, and personal thank you postcard from Iran! And of course a big thank you!


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Access to my blog, Dvd of the final film, and one postcard from Iran with special dedica! And of course a "large" thank you!!


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Thank you so much! Access to my private blog, your name in the credits, dvd of the final film, and a personalised picture with your name!


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Huge thank you!! You’ll have your name in the film, dvd of the film, and one 20 X 30 print from Iran with special dedica.


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Mercì mon ami! Grazie Mille! Thanks you so much! Your name in the copy of the final film, a copy of the film, an open edition signed print (20x30cm), a personalised picture with special dedica!


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Je suis impressionné ! I'm impressed! Your name in the copy of the final film, a copy of the film, special souvenir from Iran,an open edition signed print (20x30cm), a personalised picture with special dedica!


Thanks for your big support! Mercì de votre grand appui! Grazie di cuore! Your name in the film, a copy of the final film, one 40 x 60 cm print of your choice with special dedica , and a special souvenir from Iran.


    Wow! Fantastique! It’s raining thak you!!! One week in a bed & Breakfast in Sharm el Sheikh.( not included travel costs period from may to july ), + above ( Credits, Dvd, two signed print 20 x 30 ). Enjoying the enchanting beauty of the desert and the sea.

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