Images from an on-going photo and film project on a community of Assyrian refugees living in the Yedikule Kapısı neighborhood in Fatih, Istanbul. Assyrians, or Syriacs, are Christians who claim descent from Assyria, one of the oldest civilizations in the world. The community living in Yedikule Kapısı are fleeing the war in Syria as well as ethnic and religious persecution. An Istanbul-based organization called Qnushyo is dedicated to providing an education for the children of this community, as well as helping the parents with skills development, employment opportunities and integration.
Photos taken for UNICEF, as part of a multimedia advocacy kit I am creating for them on their work with children in Azerbaijan. Over a ten-day period I traveled throughout the country taking photos and video on UNICEF programmes that help to protect and empower the most vulnerable children, especially those with disabilities and those living in poverty. Photos include images of a national youth paralympics team, early detection and treatment centres for children with disabilities, inclusive education classes (where children with and without disabilities learn side-by-side), early learning centres for children in poor rural areas, youth houses to equip adolescents with skills to succeed, and an all-girl’s soccer team fighting gender bias.
Photos of Khmer migrant day laborers in Aranyaphathet, Thailand, taken while researching a film I made for UN Women on female migrant workers in Southeast Asia. The women cross the border from Cambodia to Thailand every day, some of them traveling for hours, to do menial labor that may only earn them a few dollars. But despite this difficult life all of them were cheerful and had a great sense of humor, as well as a strong sense of solidarity within their group of women workers. As they said "We may not be related, but we are family, and we look out for each other."
A selection of photos taken while working as a media and communications consultant at UNFPA headquarters in New York. Photos include coverage of the UN General Assembly, with panels and events that included Women and children on the move: A call to protect, which focused on the rights violations suffered by refugee and migrant women and girls; and the SheDecides side-event highlighting work to promote and protect the fundamental rights of every girl and woman. Also, coverage of UN headquarters conference on Rights, Safety and Dignity for Women in South Sudan, images of high-level MOU signings that included UNFPA joining with UN Women and the Korean government to accelerate gender equality, as well as with the Chinese government to commit to improving women’s health in Sierra Leone. Some prominent subjects in the photos include UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka; UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem; UNFPA goodwill ambassador, actor and activist Ashley Judd; HRH Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark; Ulla Tørnæs, Minister for Development Cooperation of Denmark and Zahara, a 19-year-old youth advocate from Uganda who took over UNFPA’s executive director position to celebrate “International Day of the Girl Child”.
Photos of Hmong asylum seeker children living in a slum community in Bangkok - taken in conjunction with "Urban Refugee: Bangkok", my documentary on the lives of refugees in Bangkok.
Images from a trip to deliver donations and supplies to a black-zone village in Karen State, Myanmar, taken in conjunction with a documentary I made about a Thai Karen Jesuit priest and aid worker who is assisting the community. A black-zone village is an ethnic minority area that has been cut off by the Burmese government, left to fend for their own survival and victim to the on-going civil war in the region.