15th of May is International Day of Families. We hear on the news about war, persecution, natural disaster and poverty which force millions of people from their homes. We hear statistics and data. However, these people are not numbers – they also have a story. One of the first lessons when you write a story in journalism is to try to bring the human element. To tell the story, people usually do not relate to others by seeing statistics, but by listening their stories.
Everyone has their own story with their family, we have funny, sad, happy stories. So, today we want to share with you one of million stories about a particular family. This is Khawle’s family – they traveled from their home in Syria, but not all of the family went with her. In fact, they had problems during their trip because her 11-year-old daughter was beaten so badly by armed men that she could not walk by herself for days.
Dario Mitidieri – ‘Lost Family Protraits’
When asked about this portrait of her family, Khawle says, “A photograph speaks of family happiness, everyone smiling together. This photograph is full of tears.”
‘Lost Family Portraits’ is a collaboration between CAFOD, the creative agency M&C Saatchi, and photographer Dario Mitidieri. Studio-style portraits were made of families whose lives were shattered as they fled the conflict, with empty chairs symbolising the loved ones they had to leave behind. Each photograph reveals the desperate choices families were forced to make to reach safety.
“A photograph speaks of family happiness, everyone smiling together. This photograph is full of tears.”
Small actions start the change. That is why with the campaign ‘Share the journey‘ is a way to relate to those who are traveling from one place to another due war, persecution, natural disaster and poverty. So, remember that you can take action and be part of the campaign by walking and put it in the totaliser.
Together, we can make the change and stand in solidarity with refugees, migrants and people on the move.
Written by Estefanía González