“Photos have transformative power of storytelling, too.”

June 22, 2018 // Leave a Comment

In a creative initiative to celebrate World Refugees Day, peace advocates draw youths and enthusiasts to share their photo stories relating how they extract hopes and resiliency from Marawi siege– from their unfortunate displacement and the entailing struggle to rise from the ashes of a violent past.

“In that photo contest, we anchored our belief on the transformative power of photo stories and were inspired to showcase these to portray the results and impacts of displacement through the eyes of those who are forced to flee,” explicated Salic Ibrahim, executive director of Maradeca Inc. and which partnered with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR), the main sponsor of this project.

This initiative is inspired by the theme “Liwanag sa Marawi” and extolled the significance of “saving lives, safeguarding rights, and building better futures for families forced to flee.”

The selected photos were exhibited from June 19-22, 2018 at Iligan and Marawi cities “to build stronger solidarity for families who were forced to leave everything behind because of conflict.”

Salic explained that such photo exhibit were categorized into three: the journey of fleeing; moments of hope; and, rebuilding after conflict.