Photo by: @martinschoeller
In the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo, Patricia, 22, was raped and left to die in the bush. A woman found her, cared for her and sent Patricia to safety in Nairobi, Kenya. Patricia came to the U.S. alone in October 2015, with no knowledge of the fate of her family. Having been given the opportunity for a future of safety and hope, Patricia intends to build a life that honors those who have not been as fortunate. She hopes to become a voice for women who continue to suffer, as well as those who have died.
In 1992, Bhimal, 42, and his wife Nila, 38, fled ethnic cleansing in Bhutan. Their son, 14, was born while the couple sought refuge in Nepal. After arriving in New York in 2015, Bhimal quickly secured a full-time job. Bhimal, who learned English in Nepal, practices English with Nila every night, building on the knowledge she has gained through language classes. Their son is enrolled in a local high school and quickly adapting to American culture.
In 2013, Soha and her family left Homs, Syria to escape the Syrian civil war. After two years in Jordan, Soha, her husband and their two children were resettled in New Jersey. Not long after their arrival, Soha’s seven-year-old autistic son began to speak again after remaining silent for much of the time since their flight from Homs.
On @worldrefugeeday, remember humans should help humans. Photo exhibited as part of “REFUGEE” at the @annbergspace in partnership with the @unhcr @usun in 2016. For more work, follow me @martinschoeller and @martinschoellerstudio | #martinschoeller #refugee #unhcr #usun #worldrefugeeday #withrefugees #sharedhumanity