Longing

CompanyFrame 9
PhotographerRamin Hashempour
Prize2nd Place in Editorial / War/Conflict
Entry Description

Nigeria has experienced recurring armed conflicts. These conflicts have caused many people to flee their homes and seven million people are estimated to currently be in need of humanitarian assistance. Many families are scattered, separated from loved ones who may be missing or dead, but the suffering and experiences of displaced people from North Eastern Nigeria are not often seen outside the country. For Internally Displaced People (IDPs) Daily life is dominated by longing: longing for news of loved ones, waiting to speak with them, and waiting to be reunited. Coping with this situation is extremely challenging. Many families in the camps believe ‘’nothing is worse than being in constant limbo’’. For many, living in hardship conditions is manageable compared to waiting for news from lost loved ones.Portraying others’ anguish is never easy and should never be easy. I hope the following photographs provide small insights into both the daily struggles as well as the moments of brightness that parents and children experience as they try to find one another.

About Photographer

I studied photography in college and film and media in university. I received my bachelor degree in film and media from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. I started my career as studio photographer and film crew in Canada. Soon after I focused my career more on social documentaries and photojournalism. As I was interested in international affairs and humanitarian work I continued my master’s degree in Global Diplomacy and I joined the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). I have worked with other humanitarian and development NGOs in various countries such as Afghanistan, Kenya, Nepal, Egypt, Cambodia, Jordan and Syria. As a humanitarian aid worker and visual artist, I am interested in human rights issue, sustainable development freedom of speech, poverty, child abuse, landmine and human trafficking issues.