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"Hidden Lives: The Untold Story of Urban Refugees" opens in New York
June 19, 2013 by The IRC
|Lanier Lovely, 18, pictured with her son Lovinsky in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Photo: Andrew McConnell|
As urbanization reshapes much of the world, the classic picture of a refugee in a camp is changing. Refugees and displaced people move to the city in the hope of finding a sense of community, safety and economic independence. However, in reality, what many actually find are harsh living conditions, lack of security and poverty.
Working with the International Rescue Committee and the European Commission’s humanitarian aid and civil protection department ECHO, Panos Pictures photographer Andrew McConnell spent many months documenting this new reality in eight cities across four continents.
"Hidden Lives: The Untold Story of Urban refugees," an exhibition of McConnell's photos from the project, has already received tremendous acclaim in London, Brussels and Geneva. "Hidden Lives" will premiere in New York City on World Refugee Day (June 20) at Manhattan's Cathedral of St. John the Divine, where it will be on public view from June 21 through August 30.
Visit the "Hidden Lives: The Untold Story of Urban refugees" multimedia website for stories, photos and videos from the project.
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