In early 2015 I travelled with World Vision NZ to Iraqi Kurdistan, Lebanon & Jordan to document the lives of those who’ve been forced to flee their homes due to the Syrian Refugee Crisis. In September 2015 I photographed the European Refugee Crisis in Serbia, Hungary and Turkey. And in early January 2016 I returned to Jordan with the 40 Hour Famine team.
Syrians (amongst thousands of refugees from other nations) are fleeing a conflict in their country that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, left over a million people injured, and more than 14 million in desperate need of humanitarian assistance. More than half of those caught up in the conflict are children. After over 5 devastating years of fighting, there is still no end in sight to the crisis.
Those who have fled Syria are living in refugee camps or in makeshift accommodation such as garages and broken down buildings and in self-constructed tents. Living conditions are harsh and families often struggle to access the essentials such as food, clean water, and shelter. These are a few of the many images I captured that portray the life that they now lead. From refugee camps and informal settlements to the desperate journey for safety through the backroads of Europe.
It was an incredible privilege to be part of the content-gathering team, especially as I was lucky enough to visit Syria before the war and fell in love with what was then such a wonderful country.
If you would like to donate to help provide refugee families in the Middle East and Europe with life-saving aid please visit World Vision NZ.