PHOTOJOURNALISM NIGHTS 32nd edition (online)

22nd March 2023 18:30 – 20:30 pm (UK) ONLINE
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Photojournalism Hub is very pleased to welcome Mohammed Salim Khan and Ségolène Ragu to the 32nd edition of the Photojournalism Nights event. Both photographers work on stories very challenging and seldom accessed. Being a Rohingya, Mohammed is documenting the lives of the refugees confined in camps with an unparalleled access and closeness, whilst similarly, Ségolène has documented the realities faced as a consequence of the war in Lebanon with photographs and stories that highlight her courage and determination.

Mohammed Salim Khan‘s family is originally from Buthidaung, Myanmar. His parents became refugees in 1991 at the start of a brutal campaign against Rohingya in Myanmar. Mohammed has grown up in Kutupalong registered Camp in Bangladesh. As a photographer, Mohammed has won an award from Rohingya Photography Competition, and his photos have been published in journals including Dhaka Tribune, South East Asia Globe, AFP, Al Jazeera, Unheard project Borderless 360 and in an edition of Doc Sábbá – a Rohingya arts and photography Zine. Further, The Business Standard published one of Salim’s powerful portraits in August 2021. In September 2021, Salim took part in the “The Next Generation – Young Rohingya Refugees” Oxford Human Rights Festival exhibition, which in October toured to Tap Social in Botley til the end of 2021. In January of 2022, Salim’s work was exhibited online by Rohingya Action North East, England, UK. In July 2022, Salim published a report in the Unheard Journalism Project about Covid in the camps. Ca’ Foscari University of Venice Exhibition, Exhibition 18-31 October ( Inauguration on 17th October) Exhibition in Verona, Italy 24 November to 17 December. Mohammed’ photographs have been exhibited in Japan, where they were paid a visit from the UN high commissioner for refugee Mr Fillippo Grandi in November 10th 2022.

Ségolène Ragu is a French-Lebanese photojournalist. After working in cultural desk research and in the audiovisual field, she studied documentary photojournalism at EMI-Cfd in Paris. She is a member of Sillages collective and is part of Diversify Photo’s Up Next photographers. She focuses mainly on societal issues and the consequences of the civil war in Lebanon.

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‘Refugees are welcome here’

by Cinzia D’Ambrosi and Safeena Chaudhry

Hundreds protest outside Home Office against Rwanda deportation plan and they shout ‘Refugees are welcome here’. This is the message voiced by demonstrators opposing the government policies which sees deportation of some refugees to Rwanda.

©Safeena Chaudhry

The government claims the policy, belonging to the Nationality and Borders Act, of removing migrants who arrive in the UK illegally will deter people from making dangerous channel crossings, however many including bishops of England have condemned the move as being uncompassionate and intricately divisive and racist.

Among the huge numbers of protesters, many MPs voiced their anger at the policy, including former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn who spoke out: “It is an utter disgrace that the British government and other European governments are proposing to outsource refugee processing as Australia. We have to say, ‘Absolutely no!”

Former Labour Party Leader, Jeremy Corbyn outrage and concern of the new policy. ©Cinzia D’Ambrosi
Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP was among the speakers in support to refugees not being deported to Rwanda. ©Cinzia D’Ambrosi

©Safeena Chaudhry

©Safeena Chaudhry

©Cinzia D’Ambrosi ©Cinzia D’Ambrosi

©Safeena Chaudhry

Campaign groups such as Care4Calais , activists from various campaign groups gave speeches and chanted: “say it loud, say it clear, refugees are welcome here”.

©Cinzia D’Ambrosi

The effort of these groups, PCS Union and Stand Up to Racism organisations, and all those that have opposed the policy, have mounted a forceful legal challenge to stop the first scheduled flight to Rwanda as part of the offshore detention plan. Solidarity is uniting people as more protests are organised to challenge the government plans.

Photography : Cinzia D’Ambrosi and Safeena Chaudhry

Text & photo editor : Cinzia D’Ambrosi | Photojournalism Hub

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