Dear His Majesty

Avishkar Chhetri

After an arbitrary census was held in Bhutan (1989), the government of Bhutan displaced approximately 100,000 Southern Bhutanese (Lhotshampas) out of Bhutan. There are several explanations for the expulsion/displacement as well as the conflict between the Lhotshampa and the Northern government, which a series of protests in the late 80s were held within the country against the government’s repressive ‘One Nation One People’ policy; illegalising Nepali/Lhotshampa cultural practices under the social code of conduct: Driglam Namzha.
After the initial civil unrest in 1991, thousands of Lhotshampa Bhutanese arrived at the border of in Eastern Nepal from West Bengal, India by foot and trucks. By the mid-1990s these Bhutanese refugees had increased to the rough estimates of 100,000 individuals. As a response to the crisis after conflict with the continuously collapsing Nepali government, Bhutanese officials stated the Bhutanese refugees were, in fact, opportunistic economic-migrants rather than vulnerable refugees they self-claim to be. Thus the Bhutanese government has not repatriated the refugees.
Since their exodus, individuals have reports of torture, murder, arrests and rapes during the late 80s to early 90s in Bhutan. Furthermore, many of the individuals have remained as refugees within Eastern Nepal or India for over two decades to either look for repatriation or simply to find peaceful residency in their refuge. Whereas many refugees have resettled into third-nations to find a better life from their traumatic experiences.
As of today the Bhutanese government has not repatriate the displaced group in totality and continues to deny the legitimacy of their vulnerability and refugee status. As a consequence of lack of pictorial evidence, caused by the unavailability of video, photo or audio records, there is little evidence of the events that lead to the exodus other than personal accounts, and it remains a serious question of Bhutan’s dark past in isolation from the rest of the world.
All information here is based on the accounts of the government of Bhutan, the international communities, third-party witnesses, refugees and scholars. Any misinformation presented on this website will be removed as appropriate.

Avishkar Chhetri
http://theperipheralpeople.com/

Speak Out

Wamaitha Ng’ang’a

‘Speak Out’ is an ongoing photography project on women, survivors of domestic violence. Following the changes in in the UK of the 2013 legislation on domestic violence, where the definition of ‘domestic violence’  broadened to encompass different types of abuses, including financial, physical, psychological, sexual or emotional, the project ‘Speak Out’ highlights and raises awareness of those layers to many women in order for them to access a much needed help. Domestic abuse still remains a taboo across many cultures.  Through her photographic project. Wamaitha brings to light the voices of women who have taken a stand and broken the silence about their personal experiences of domestic abuse and its devastating effects – and the journey to move forward, not as victims but survivors.  Wamaitha will speak about the ‘Speak Out’ project on the 4th February 2019 in the next Photojournalism Hub Debate event.

Lenka ©Wamaitha Ng’ang’a 
“The question of ‘why doesn’t she leave the abusive relationship’ is not easy as it sounds. You become mentally dependent on that person” —– Lenka
Nadine ©Wamaitha Ng’ang’a
“When you are a victim of psychological domestic violence, there is nothing to show.” — Nadine

Wamaitha Ng’ang’a
www.wamaithanganga.com

Life after Chernobyl

Quintina Valero

In April 2015 I travelled to Ukraine to document the long-lasting implications of Chernobyl’s nuclear disaster for both the environment and the people 30 years after the disaster. The Chernobyl’s accident seems to have been forgotten by society. I wanted to give a voice to the lives of those carrying on with the poisonous legacy of Chernobyl. In my first trip, I visited the 30 km exclusion zone where around 200 people are still living. For my research I interviewed doctors working at the National Institute Cancer Research in Ukraine, NGOs working with victims of Chernobyl and scientists who are studying the DNA modifications both in plants and human beings. I become very interested in remote areas, which are still contaminated by radiation and where people have limited access to hospitals and doctors.

“Life after Chernobyl” portrays life both inside the 30 Km exclusion zone and Narodichi region, 50 km  southwest of the nuclear plant. This turned out to be one of the worst hit areas by radiation but only detected five years later. With my collective “Food of war” we are helping to raise awareness of the Chernobyl’s accident through European exhibitions, talks and conferences. We have also collaborated with artists reflecting on the consumption of food in countries where radiation travelled after the 1986’s accident. Life after Chernobyl is an ongoing project that I would like to develop into a book and a short film.

To know more or would like to support this ongoing project, please follow this link

Natalia, school’s teacher stands by the entrance of Maksimovichy village, where many houses were abandoned after Chernobyl’s disaster.
Nastia Natsik with her daughters Iuliana, Madina and Lia in her family house in Khristinovka. Lia, 2 suffers from a brain tumour. Her father,Emil, 37, fled the conflict in Abkhazia (Geogia) when he was eleven, 3 years after Chernobyl’s disaster. Though evacuation was enforced in 1992, many families decided to stay.
Tatiana Ignatiuk in her kitchen in Maksimovichy, where she lives with her three children and husband who works in the forest.
Anna is holding apples from her tree. She lives in the evacuated village of Copachichi in the 30km exclusion zone of Chernobyl.
Dima, 6 years old is waiting to be seen by Alexander and Daniel, two volunteer doctors from Kiev. About 60% of children in Narodichi region suffer from malnutrition alongside cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. Children are no longer considered victims of Chernobyl. Ignored by the authorities, many of those children rely on local NGOs and international aid organisations for medical treatment.

Quintina Valero
https://www.quintinavalero.com
@QuintinaV
#quintinavalero/

Women of the Market

by Morgan Markey

©Morgan Markey

‘Women of the Market’ is a photo-essay that documents the daily lives of the women that run the Vietnamese marketplace. I wanted to highlight the grit, grime, strength and beauty of the women that provide for their families. Their relentless work ethic and acute knowledge of the wet market is expressed in these photographs. 

©Morgan Markey
©Morgan Markey
©Morgan Markey
©Morgan Markey
©Morgan Markey

Morgan Markey
Photographer 
www.mvmarkey.com
@morganvmarkey

PHOTOJOURNALISM NIGHTS 9th EDITION

27th January 2021 18:30 Online

©Ada Trillo
©Georgina Smith – FAO control operations for the vast areas of Samburu, Isiolo, Laikipia and Meru, sprayers are alerted to tackle the desert locusts.
@Ala Buisir – Prisoner 454

Please join the live stream of the Photojournalist Hub ninth edition of the Photojournalism Nights with an amazing line-up of photographers: Ada Trillo, Georgina Smith and Ala Buisir.

Ada Trillo, award winning Philadelphia-based photojournalist, native to the Juarez-El Paso binational metroplex, covers stories to create awareness and fight injustice. Her powerful photographs engage with migration, Black Lives Matter and borders.

Georgina Smith, photojournalist based in East Africa covering stories, photos and words for BBC, Al Jazeera English, United Nations, Guardian. Georgina will share a very coignant series on Kenya’s pastoralists who face hunger and are under threat of conflict as locust plague is unravelling in the country.

Ala Buisir, documentary photographer currently residing in Ireland with roots in Libya. Her work documents the social and political tension around us today. The aim is to raise awareness by presenting events through different perspectives in hopes that it may also bring about change.

The Photojournalism Nights is an event that promotes committed and courageous photojournalism and engages the public to social justice and human rights.

To join us HERE

Wondering About West London? Issue4

The fourth issue of Wondering about West London? presents photo stories and street photography on Christmas and Winter Holidays with London in full lockdown as well as article with Rosie Whitney-Fish, Founder and Chief Executive of DanceWest, and wonderful illustrations.

Wondering about West London? Issue four is sadly our last edition for the time being. As the Editor in Chief of the magazine and project manager and facilitator of the project, I would like to share my feelings of awe at the determination, initiative and creativity demonstrated by the participants. The zine has shared meaningful, resourceful, and touching content from a youth perspective.
I would like to express my thanks to our editor Laura James who has worked on the layout of the zine and to W12together for supporting this worthwhile project – Cinzia D’Ambrosi, Editor in Chief.

INJUSTICES & INEQUALITIES: COVID-19 EDITION 6

As Coronavirus continues to spread throughout the world, it is increasing social injustices and bringing inequalities to the forefront. In this sixth edition, documentary photographer Chiara Fabbro shares a story of refugees seeking asylum in the city of Trieste, Italy. A powerful reminder of the plight of refugees whose journey to safety is often interrupted by violence and unwelcoming measures, increasingly impacted by the current pandemic with the tightening of borders and further securitisation.
These are issues we need to see, reflect upon and action.

Seeking refuge in the time of Coronavirus

By Chiara Fabbro

Faces and feet telling the story of a long journey. Walking for hundreds of kilometers, across mountains and rivers. The fear of getting caught. The appalling, repeated, pushbacks at the borders, often violent and degrading. The disrespect for human life. The relief of having made it to Italy, mixed with the uncertainty of what to expect, in a country that is forgetting how to welcome people and learning ho to keep them out instead.
The commitment of those who every night take care of the people in transit from Trieste. Every night on the street to treat the feet, fill the stomachs and change the old shoes for a new pair, to walk on the next road.

I met these young men in Trieste, at the end of the Balkan route, during their journey in search of
asylum in Europe. Access to temporary shelters here, like elsewhere, has been limited due to COVID-19 measures. This means that people in transit, like them, have been left with no other choice than to sleep rough. The impact of the pandemic has been, and still is, very hard on those seeking asylum. Borders have been further tightened, with increasing reports of pushbacks. Alongside this, the pandemic has fuelled negative feelings towards migrants, accused by some of spreading the virus. This has worsened the unwelcoming climate that people seeking refuge are often faced with.

In this small corner of humanity, I met the volunteers from Linea d’Ombra and Strada Si.Cura. Helping the people in transit from Trieste with the basic necessities after such a journey, but most importantly showing them that there is someone who cares. An asylum seeker in Calais once told me, about the NGOs, that even more than the practical help, what is really important is being there, offering a friendly smile…creating a little corner of humanity, as a place for healing, however temporary. For Lorena Fornasir, co-founder of Linea d’Ombra, in fact, “the hardest part every night is walking away, turning your back and going home…”.

All photo ©Chiara Fabbro

Chiara Fabbro
https://chiarafabbro.carrd.co/
https://www.instagram.com/chi.fabb/

Photo editor: Cinzia D’Ambrosi

We are looking for contributors whose work highlights the social injustices that are being intensified or laid bare by Covid-19. Entries are currently showcased monthly journal, however the Photojournalism Hub team is working towards a major event and related activities including a possible printed edition of the Journal.
Please submit your work to Cinzia D’Ambrosi, cinzia@photojournalismhub.org
Next deadline is the 4th February 2021. Further details on how to submit on
https://photojournalismhub.org/contribute-submissions/

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News from f/8 documentary collective

F/8 documentary collective publishes Volume 1 f/8 magazine and all the 125 copies, each one numbered, were sold in a matter of a few days. It is now a collector’s item.
The collective is working on volume 2 right now with Martin Mayer’s pictures of Operation Demetrius- Internment without trial of the Irish by the British, Andrew Moore’s pictures of the Irish troubles from the 90s, David Gilbert Wright story of the pilgrimage up Croagh Patrick in 93, and Mark Pinder’s coal scavengers at the Easington Colliery in the 80s as well as the other member’s sets. The magazines are published by Fistful of Books at a price of £8.

To learn more of the collective and to receive upcoming news on the latest magazines and other items : https://www.instagram.com/f8documentary/



Claire Thomas’s work is at the Xposure International Photography Festival in the UAE

Photojournalist Claire Thomas ‘s work focuses on issues surrounding political and military conflicts, human rights, and humanitarian and environmental crises. Claire is also a frontline photojournalist who has extensively covered the war in Iraq.

In the Xposure exhibition, Claire presents a series of photos from the frontlines war against ISIS in Mosul. A link to the online exhibition is here:
https://gallery.xposure.ae/exhibition/mosul-saving-lives-on-the-frontline/

During the Xpose festival, Claire will also be giving a talk about her work in Iraq and her journey from rural Wales into frontline photography.

To see more of Claire Thomas work: https://www.clairethomasphotography.com/ 

Wondering About West London? Issue3

Wondering about West London? is a local news-based zine run by the Photojournalism Hub and produced by young people living in west. The third issue brings us a great array of photo stories from the tender visual narrative on an elderly couple, street photography and a collective photo documentary on Christmas under the threat of Covid-19. The zine is accompanied by the wonderful illustrations of two young participants of the project.

Wondering about West London? Issue 3 brings amazing creative, resourceful and touching content from a youth perspective. The work produced in and around west London is a meaningful impression of our times through the young eyes of talented local budding journalists and photographers. 

I am immensely proud for this achievement and I would like to renew my gratitude to W12together for supporting this worthwhile project – Cinzia D’Ambrosi, Editor in Chief.