The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) advocates for people affected by conflict and natural disasters.

Teaming up with photographers in various locations, the project sheds light on what people share when they are forced to flee their homes or choose to become host families for refugees and internally displaced people. Through these images, we witness the powerful ties that bind people together, even in the most trying circumstances.

NIGER/NIGERIA

 

Enter the homes of three families in Diffa, Niger, who are hosting refugees who fled violence in Nigeria. Learn about the relationships between host and refugee families and what they share with each other.

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In this first series, photographer Vincent Tremeau takes us to Diffa in Niger, which is now home to large numbers of refugees fleeing violence in north-eastern Nigeria.

Through these photos, we enter the homes of three host families to learn about their relationships and what they share with the refugees living with them. Focusing on their daily lives and the objects they share, the series helps us to understand the difficult circumstances faced by refugees and host communities in humanitarian crises. It also gives us a glimpse into the extraordinary solidarity that motivates people to help others, even when they themselves have very little.

IRAQ

 

Explore the lives of different communities of refugees and internally displaced people in the Kurdistan region of Iraq through recent and archival photographs.

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The second series was photographed in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq, as a joint collaboration with Rawsht Twana and Stefano Carini. Through recent and archival photographs, Carini and Twana explore the memories, perceptions and histories that people share in a region that has witnessed multiple waves of displacement over several decades. Portraying daily scenes from current and past displacement settings, the photographs provide an insight into how displacement not only shapes people’s lives but also brings them together.