Pictures 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 at the hands of Islamic extremists. A Turkish organization called Qnushyo is dedicated to providing an education for the children of this community, since the UN nor any international aid organization is assisting them.
Photos of Khmer migrant day laborers in Aranyaphathet, Thailand. These 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 the group of women workers. As they said "We may not be related, but we are family, and we look out for each other." Taken while researching a UN Women video on female migrant workers in Asia.
Images of Hmong ethnic minority asylum seeker children living in a slum community in Bangkok - photos taken in conjunction with "Urban Refugee: Bangkok", a documentary on the lives of refugees in Bangkok.
Photographs from a trip to deliver donations and supplies to a black-zone village in Karen State, Myanmar, taken in conjunction with a documentary I am making to raise money for the Jesuit priest and aid worker who is assisting the community. A black-zone village is an ethnic minority area that has been cut off from support by the Burmese government, left to fend for their own survival, and victim to the on-going civil war in the region.