This article has been written with the support of Plan International UK.
Scottish capital welcomes Plan International UK's new immersive photography exhibition
- Sofia Matias
- 16 May 2019
Childhood Disrupted: Stories of Survival and Hope from Children in Conflict brings the stories of South Sudanese children to the forefront
In the current political climate, where refugees are often dehumanised, and their stories of survival and search for a safer home are replaced by rhetoric which further fuels the conflicts that caused their displacement in the first place, it is more important than ever to bolster their voices. Plan International UK, in their newest exhibition, features the children who have fled conflict in South Sudan and found relative safety in neighbouring Ethiopia.
This thought provoking exhibition features, among others, the story of 12-year old Lim and his family. He was not alone in his plight of having to walk for weeks on end to find a home away from his country of South Sudan: over four million people have been displaced by the South Sudanese conflict. But he, his mother and his brother have found a safe haven in an Ethiopian refugee camp, where they have been living for two years. He is able to enjoy moments of happiness in the space that Plan International UK has set up for children like him.
'Every time I come here I am happy', Lim says of his experience at the camp. You can witness his story and several untold others of South Sudan, as captured by Kate Holt and Philipp Schütz in Plan International UK's powerful and immersive photography exhibition, created with the support of players of the People's Postcode Lottery. The exhibition will give you the opportunity to experience what a child friendly space in a refugee camp looks and feels like.
Plan International is a global children's charity, working for over 80 years across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. They work to give every child the same chance in life. Helping children move themselves from a life of poverty to a future with opportunity. Their 'Because I am a Girl' campaign is a global movement that's taking action to see a world that values girls, promotes their rights and ends injustice.
Childhood Disrupted: Stories of Survival and Hope from Children in Conflict, Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, Fri 31 May–Sun 2 Jun. Learn more about Plan International UK's work at plan-uk.org or the support of the People's Postcode Lottery at postcodelottery.co.uk