KATHMANDU, June 21: Step into The City Museum at Durbar Marg and you’ll see numerous photographs that will give you a peek into the lives of refugees in Nepal and abroad.
The venue is hosting a photo exhibition ‘Refugee Stories’ organized by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
There are portraits and photos of refugees of all ages—little children to old people, some in dire conditions in host countries while some resettled into different societies.
More than 30 photographs of refugees by photographers Annibale Greco (Italy), Jared Kohler (US), Kishor Sharma and Sikhar Bhattarai; photographer and Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Denmark in Kathmandu, Jan Møller Hansen; writer and photographer Kashish Das Shrestha; photographer and filmmaker Narendra Mainali; UNHCR’s Senior Regional Public Information Officer Kitty McKinsey, and American photo journalist Lynsey Addario are on display at the venue.
Addario’s photos are on Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Kohler’s on Syrian refugees in Jordan, McKinsey’s on South Sudan and Greco’s on Central African Republic. Similarly, Hansen’s photographs are based on Tibetan refugees and Mainali’s photos are of Bhutanese refugees resettled in Denmark.
Speaking about his photos, Kashish Das Shrestha said, “I had taken the photos of the Bhutanese refugees in the US and Canada. I witnessed many families that were desperate to get resettled and many have been able to do so over the years, too. Many of them have received good education there and are holding proper jobs as well,” he reminisced.
A refugee camp model set up at the venue will give you a clear picture of the refugees’ living condition in different parts of Nepal.
The exhibition was inaugurated on June 20 on the occasion of World Refugee Day, and will conclude on June 30.
Along with the photo exhibition, film screenings and talk programs on issues related with refugees are also scheduled to be held at The City Museum.