“When you experience war, you kind of feel you will die soon. You never know whether you will survive or not. When there are no bombs for a couple of hours, you always have the feeling that it will come back soon” Yara explains about having lived in a war zone.
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Flight for life
The Stories of The Refugees of Today
The portraits and personal stories displayed on this page were part of the exhibition “Flight for Life” at Bornholm’s Museum (DK). The exhibition was made in collaboration with the National Museum of Denmark and could be visited at Bornholm’s Museum from February 2nd until July 31, 2018.
At the exhibition, visitors walked in the footsteps of refugees - from their first decision to flee their country of origin, to the dangerous journies across the Mediterranean Sea, until their arrival in e.g. Denmark.
As part of the exhibition, photographer and founder of Refugee.Today, Martin Thaulow, exhibits a number of his portraits of refugees living on the island of Bornholm. Through his portraits, he seeks to show a different perspective to the mass term ‘refugee’ and portray each human as an individual person with a name, a face and a story. Read the unique stories below.
- Yara's story 20/03/2018 -Yara's storyRead More
- Salem's story
- Sherin's story
- Sham's story
- Parvin's story 20/03/2018 -Parvin's storyRead More
Parvin fled Iran with her husband Jalil and their two children, Pouya and Sama, because the Iranian police were searching for Jalil. The family arrived in Denmark in June 2015 and still live at an asylum center. They have had their application for asylum denied, but are still hoping to get a residence permit.
- Sawsan's story
- Ramazan's story
- Ghulam's story
- Evin's story
- Maya's story
- Hebba's story
- Emad's story
- Wael's story 20/03/2018 -Wael's storyRead More
Wael came to Denmark in 2013. His parents still live in Aleppo, where they work as doctors. They want to go away, but cannot afford to escape. “I miss my parents. Every single day I fear for their lives. When they do not answer, I am so afraid that something has happened to them”.
- Ayman's story 20/03/2018 -Ayman's storyRead More
Ayman was born in the Palestinian refugee camp Khan Al-Sheh near Damascus. When the war broke out in Syria he and his family were forced to flee. Today they live on Bornholm: “We were born as refugees and have been refugees throughout our lives. Bornholm is a safe place and we are very, very happy to live here”.
- Jalil's story 20/03/2018 -Jalil's storyRead More
Jalil fled Iran because he had participated in a political demonstration in the city of Mahabad. When the Iranian police started looking for Jalil in order to imprison him, he took his family and fled to a nearby city. They managed to cross the border between Turkey and Italy and finally to reach Denmark. The family now lives at an asylum center and are waiting for their asylum application to be reassessed.