Hidden Lives

Andrew McConnell

The untold story of urban refugees, a project and exhibition funded by IRC and ECHO showing at St Pancras International in London from 6 to 31 January 2013.~~Over half the world’s refugees now live in large towns and cities where they are confronted by a unique set of challenges. The traditional image of life in tented, sprawling camps no longer tells the full refugee story. As urbanisation reshapes much of the world, refugees too are increasingly moving to large towns and cities. In addition, urban areas are rapidly expanding, making them increasingly vulnerable to man-made and natural disasters. With this explosive growth come new types of risks, vulnerabilities and potential humanitarian crises.

The classic picture of a refugee camp is becoming obsolete. Refugees and displaced people move to the city in the hope of finding a sense of community, safety and economic independence. However, in reality, what many actually find are harsh living conditions, lack of security and poverty.~~Working with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and the European Commission’s humanitarian aid and civil protection department (ECHO), Andrew McConnell has spent many months documenting this new reality in eight cities across four continents. Through images, refugee testimonies, and video, the resulting body of work presents a unique insight into the lives of urban refugees today and challenges the commonly held stereotypes.~~From Somali refugees in Nairobi to Syrian refugees in north Jordan, and from Burmese refugees in Kuala Lumpur to Afghan refugees in New York, the story of where people flee when all is lost is changing.~~This work will be exhibited at St Pancras International in London from 6 till 31 January 2013.~~For more information on the project and the organisations involved, please visit www.hidden-lives.org.uk~~This photo story is only available for publication under specific conditions. Please contact the agency to check.

 

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      JORDAN

      Fawaz Rarhail Turkey, 59, from Homs, Syria, pictured...

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      Syrian refugees Ihsan, 28, and her cousin Sammia...

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      Ammar Mohammed Alajrab, 30, from the Baba Amr in...

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      Jordan

      Detail relating to Ammar Mohammed Alajrab, 30, from...

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      Nayf, 22, from Homs, Syria, pictured with an unnamed...

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      Thailand

      Vietnamese refugee Nguyen, 21, from Con Dau, pictured...

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      Pakistani refugee Parvez Aslam Choudhry, 48, from...

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      Detail relating to Pakistani refugee, Parvez Aslam...

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      THAILAND

      Congolese refugee Beatrice, 27, from South Kivu, DR...

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      Detail relating to Congolese refugee Beatrice, 27,...

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      Thailand

      Qian Ming, 40, from southern China, pictured in...

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      Detail relating to Qian Ming, 40, from south China,...

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      Malaysia

      Rohingya refugee, Mohammed Musa Mozermia, 22, from...

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      Malaysia

      Dai Chin refugees from Burma, (L-R) Rose Pam, 10, Sho...

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      Malaysia

      Detail relating to Dai Chin refugee Pastor Bu Niang...

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      Malaysia

      Ethnic Chin refugee from Burma, Datt Cung, from Chin...

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      MALAYSIA

      Ethnic Karen refugees from Burma, Ahmin Lahpai, 29,...

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      Malaysia

      Ethnic Karen refugees from Burma, Ahmin Lahpai, 29,...

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      Malaysia

      Nam DarBu, from Karen State, Burma, pictured in Kuala...

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      Detail relating to Burmese refugee Nam DarBu from...

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      Thailand

      Sri Lankan refugee Paramanantham Dhushyanthan, 31,...

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      BURUNDI

      Congolese refugee, Safi Namikulo, 54, from Kiliba,...

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      BURUNDI

      Congolese refugee, (3rd from right) Ndagano Nakajosi,...

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      BURUNDI

      Rwandan Hutu refugee, Kurubusangw Gaspard, 64, from...

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      Burundi

      Congolese refugee, Ebumbe Menga, 46, from the Fizi...

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