Syrian Refugees Speak Out Through ‘Dear World’ Project. [PART 1]
After more than two years of fighting, Syria’s refugee crisis has grown to epic proportions.
More than 2 million people have fled the war-torn country since March 2011, seeking refuge in neighboring nations. Another 5 million are estimated to be displaced within Syria. “We have not seen a refugee outflow escalate at such a frightening rate since the Rwandan genocide almost 20 years ago,” U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres warned last July.
Despite already housing 2 million Palestinians, Jordan has taken in more than 500,000 registered Syrian refugees. Many more are believed to live in the country unregistered, often with family and friends. Testament to the enormity of the influx is the Zaatari refugee camp, a tangle of thousands of white tents and makeshift buildings that is now sheltering more than 120,000 Syrians.
American photographers Robert Fogarty and Benjamin Reece traveled to Jordan in September with the relief organization CARE International. For years, Fogarty has been working on “Dear World,” a project in which he photographs people with messages written on their arms. He worked with survivors of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and with victims of Hurricane Sandy in New York.
Reece and Fogarty applied the same principle in Jordan, returning with powerful portraits of Syrian refugees who want to share their story with people abroad.
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