15/01/2013 – The awareness raising campaign about urban refugees conceived by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in cooperation with the European Commission has reached London in January this year. St Pancras International railway station is hosting an exhibition "Hidden Lives -The Untold Story of Urban Refugees" presenting images and stories about urban refugees. The work gives a unique insight into their lives and challenges that urban refugees face today.
The exhibition showcases the work of Andrew McConnell, the World Press Photo award-winning photographer, and will be on display until 31 January 2013.
To produce the exhibition the photographer spent months visiting eight cities across four continents documenting the challenges urban refugees face in their day to day lives. From Somali refugees in Nairobi to Syrian refugees in northern Jordan, and from Burmese refugees in Kuala Lumpur to Afghani refugees in New York, the story of where people flee when they have lost everything is changing.
"I photographed the refugees at night to use the darkness as a metaphor for their current situation," says McConnell. "I want to suggest that we live with refugees around us in our cities but we don't notice them, they seem hidden to us."
Over half of the world’s refugees today live in large towns and cities. The traditional image of life in tented, sprawling camps no longer tells the full refugee story. As urbanisation reshapes much of the world, refugees too are increasingly moving to big urban areas.