This is NOT about politics. This is NOT an endorsement of a particular policy, politician or candidate. This is NOT a protest of a particular policy, politician or candidate. This is about people.
Close to the turn of the century, with conflict rising in a number of African countries, the devastation of war overtook countless villages. Families were forced to flee for their lives. With nothing but the clothes on their backs, they escaped unspeakable horrors, only to find themselves in refugee camps facing starvation and disease. Millions have died since war first broke out, yet some have been given a chance to begin again here in Tallahassee.
A few months ago, there was a march at the Capitol in response to an executive order concerning refugees in the United States. I saw so many people flood media outlets and share their feelings and frustrations. While everyone has the right to freedom of speech, I kept thinking about how often our love for the masses often hampers our love for the individual. People take to the internet to share frustration and bring awareness, but how often do people actually help?
After being a part of Nashville-based photographer Jeremy Cowart’s #VoicesofGburg Project, I wanted to take Jeremy’s challenge and think of different ways that people can be creative in helping those who have been affected by disasters.
Over the next few months, I will be documenting the stories of families who have fled for their lives and now call Tallahassee home. Through the lens of my camera and with the aid of some incredible translators and partners, we will share the stories and the needs of these families with our community. I can’t wait to help share those stories with you.
These are the stories of the “Refugees of TLH.”