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Photoville: 'We Have Experienced Calamities' Comes to Brooklyn Bridge Park

Thursday Sep 14, 2017

As part of the 2017 Photoville exhibition at Brooklyn Bridge Plaza in New York, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) presents a series of portraits of people forced from home, in search of safety. Many of these displaced people bear physical and psychological wounds from the dangerous journey and are exposed to additional threats as countries close their borders and deny them protection.

While the debates around global refugee policy can seem abstract, the impact on human lives is immediate and often devastating.

David, 14, fled violence and the threat of gang recruitment in El Salvador, only to be assaulted on the migration route through Mexico.

Nazim, 35, escaped threats from Islamic State militants in Syria but found himself trapped in a camp in Greece, separated from his wife and four children. He has considered suicide.

Kaka, 25, was abducted by Boko Haram fighters in Nigeria and held for 22 days. The militants released her and her son but kept her three daughters. Now living in a camp in Niger, she recently suffered a miscarriage.

This exhibition provides a glimpse of the challenges faced by more than 65 million displaced people around the world. These people need protection and access to urgent medical care.

Photoville is free and open to the public September 13-17 & September 21-24 at Brooklyn Bridge Plaza at Brooklyn Bridge Park, 17-31 Water Street Brooklyn Heights, Kings County, New York 11201.

For more information, visit http://photoville.com


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