Working in partnership with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), seven Panos photographers asked refugees and survivors of disaster in seven communities across the globe what home means to them.

On Solid Ground tells the stories of those starting afresh in unfamiliar cities, rebuilding homes they were forced to abandon decades before, or embracing new means of survival in the face of crisis.

The stories from Burundi, Croatia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Jordan, Kenya, Mali and Pakistan were printed as a three-dimensional exhibition and exhibited in the UK (London & Oxford), Belgium, Croatia, Germany, Austria and France.


The On Solid Ground exhibition, consisting of 9 custom made exhibition stands featuring two upright panels and a floor panel, was exhibited 7 locations around Europe:

• St Martin in the Fields, London, UK

• Photography Oxford Festival, Oxford, UK

• Place de l’Albertine, Brussels, Belgium

• Palais des congrès, Perpignan, France

• Karlsplatz, Vienna, Austria

• Marienhof, Munich, Germany

• Cvjetni trg (Flower Square), Zagreb, Croatia

A global leader in humanitarian assistance for over 80 years, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) works in more than 40 countries offering help and hope to refugees and others uprooted by disaster, conflict and oppression. A tireless advocate for the most vulnerable, the IRC is committed to restoring hope, dignity and opportunity.

Th European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department’s (ECHO) main mission is to fund the delivery of assistance to people affected by natural and man-made disasters around the globe regardless of their nationality, religion, gender, ethnic origin or political affiliation.

Every year this assistance reaches tens of millions of the world’s most vulnerable people, including refugees, by providing food, shelter, water and other forms of life-saving assistance. Together with the support provided by the EU Member States, the European Union is the world’s leading humanitarian donor.