World Refugee Day

Added on by Sabrina Biffer.
Ka Ler | Myanmar

Ka Ler | Myanmar

Serhii | Ukraine

Serhii | Ukraine

Baloke | DRC

Baloke | DRC

Helen | Cuba

Helen | Cuba

Pedro | Cuba

Pedro | Cuba

I volunteered my photography services to make these portraits for a display at a World Refugee Day celebration in Portland. It was a privilege to meet Ka Ler, Serhii, Baloke, Helen, and Pedro, and to hear their stories.

My great-grandmother became a refugee in eastern Europe when she was a teen. She went outside to read and ended up watching from a field as her family was murdered in a pogrom. Throughout my life her story has served as a reminder of how suddenly we can be forced to leave everything.

No one chooses to become a refugee. Wealthier nations need to do more to host and assist refugees.