Saturday, April 22 at 7:00pm
Unitarian Universalist Church at Washington Crossing
268 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road, Titusville NJ 08560
Daniel Farber Huang, Princeton Montessori School parent of Alexander and Celeste, will present a slideshow and discussion of the Souda refugee camp, the on-the-ground situation, the people seeking refuge and the challenges and dangers they face.
The United Nations Refugee Agency has called today’s global refugee crisis the greatest humanitarian disaster of our time. Over 65 million people were forcibly displaced from their homes by conflict and persecution in 2015. That’s a staggering 1 out of every 113 people globally — 24 people were forced to flee their homes every minute.
In January 2017, documentary photographer Daniel Farber Huang was in the Souda refugee camp on Chios Island, Greece. Chios Island is one of the hotspots for refugee boat landings in Greece, being closely situated to the shores of Turkey. Typically arriving by dangerously (and often fatal) overcrowded boats, refugees from many nations arrive with minimal personal belongings — often only the clothes they are wearing. Hundreds of men, women and children continue to land on Chios’ shores each week and are typically detained on the island for the duration of their asylum processing, which may take several months or now years. The Souda refugee camp is estimated to hold between 800 to 1,200 refugees currently.
According to the news site Konbini.com, “Daniel Huang’s beautiful and heartbreaking photography makes a forceful case for rejecting xenophobia. Daniel Huang’s photography aims to remind us that refugees are just like the rest of us in the most fundamental way, and that their plight can no longer be ignored.”