UNHCR Photographic Exhibition on Refugees to be Held in Cyprus
Nicosia, Jun 16 – A photographic exhibition entitled “Refugees: Real People, Real Needs” organized by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) on the occasion of the World Refugee Day on June 20th will take place in Nicosia and throughout the free areas of the Republic to highlight the indomitable spirit of these people.
In a statement, the UNHCR said that as “a salute to the indomitable spirit, courage and strength of refugees, UNHCR Representation in Cyprus is organizing in June 2009 an open air photographic exhibition with the theme “Refugees: Real People, Real Needs.”
“Every picture and every face”, it says, “has its own unique story behind. Behind the unmet needs of refugees, there are real people with personal stories of tragedy, courage and compassion,” the statement noted.
As financial times toughen, the hardest hit is on the most vulnerable groups, including refugees, who risk amongst other, higher levels of unreceptive attitudes, the UNHCR said, stressing that “now more than ever the need to inform and sensitize the public is present and calls for action.
By putting a face behind the unknown masses of refugees, the exhibition will foster understanding and knowledge without which prejudices and wrongly built stereotypes will only get more enrooted.”
Instead, giving them the opportunity to become part of the new society can only be beneficial for both refugees and the local society, it added.
The photos to be exhibited will mainly consist of a selection of the most impressive winning photos of World Press Photo (WPP) depicting situations which create refugees. WPP is an independent non-profit organization based in Amsterdam organizing the world’s largest and most prestigious annual press photography contest.
Also, a small selection of photos from the photographic exhibition “Protection: What Refugees Need” - launched last June at the House of Parliament – will also be exhibited. Last year’s exhibition, consists of photos depicting people from all sectors of the society – known and unknown - making the “protecting hand” sign (symbolizing their commitment and support towards the worlds most vulnerable and at the same time making UNHCR’s logo widely known and synonymous with refugee protection) as well as photos of Internally Displaced Cypriots.
The exhibition will open on Saturday, June 20th at 11:30 at the Municipality Gardens, by the Mayor of Nicosia and the Representative of UNHCR in Cyprus. The exhibition will be at Ledra Street from June 20th – July 9th 2009.
The exhibition will then travel to Limassol (by the sea front) from July 11th until the 30th 2009. The Mayor of Limassol and the Representative of UNHCR in Cyprus will open the exhibition on Saturday July 11th at 7:00 p.m. at the sea front.
In Pafos, the exhibition will be hosted in front to of the Archaeological Park along the Marina from August 1st until the 16th. The Mayor of Pafos and the Representative of UNHCR in Cyprus will open the exhibition on Saturday August 1st at 8:00 p.m. at the place of the exhibition.
Finally the exhibition will travel to Larnaca (by the sea front – Foinikoudes) from August 18th until September 3rd. The Mayor of Larnaca and the Representative of UNHCR in Cyprus will open the exhibition on Tuesday August 18th at 8:00 p.m. along the Palm trees promenade.