KHARAZ REFUGEE CAMP
Each year millions of children flee their homes to escape armed conflict. Growing up in exile, sometimes orphaned or separated from loved ones, they are often haunted by violence and loss – but also resilient enough to envision better days ahead.
Do You See What I See lets young refugees shine a light on their world and share it with others. Through writing and photography workshops led by The Most Important Picture's Brendan Bannon, they learn to capture their observations in a few lines of poignant prose or a single striking photograph.
In these words and images they reveal loss and longing, hope and fear, simple pleasures and complex emotions. Do you see what they see?
￼While I was taking his picture, I liked the gladness in his eyes.
￼￼Poor children I took their picture because I’d like their life to be changed, sooner or later.
A man who lost his leg Here is a man who lost his leg. He lost it during the Somali civil war. He is putting oil on it. He is sitting and just woke up from bed.
￼￼This is a woman at the market.
Half a face. I have photographed this boy half‐faced. I did it deliberately, to see if I could do it.
￼￼A damaged place This playground reminds me of the Somali civil war. Everything was destroyed.
My father He likes to listen to the radio in Oromo. He listens in the morning, in the afternoon and at night.
￼He is sewing shoes. Sewing shoes is not a shame, as some people might think. In the end it is a job.
The men are playing cards. The ones who lost the game should have flour on their faces.
Miracles For me, it is one of Allah’s miracles that the goat cannot use her hands to scratch but uses the ground to do so.
I was glad taking her picture because she is a very diligent crazy woman who is sweeping and cleaning her house, despite her insanity.
The girl worships Allah and reads the Koran. It was my idea to shoot a picture during her prayer. I felt a very beautiful feeling that a Muslim girl desired to be photographed during prayer.
"Uprooted by War, Focused on Joy," New York Times
"See Refugee Life Through the Lens of Syrian Youth," American Photo