Social Communication – Journalism students participate, in Turkey, in a photographic exhibit on women refugees

Externado Social Communication - Journalism students Jeimy Camila Rivera Cuéllar, Juan Camilo Parra Polanco, and Laura Vanessa Suárez Romero, completing an internship at the University of Anadolu, Turkey, joined the UN Women Turkey and launched a photographic exhibition on women refugees, in the city of Gaziantep.

“Light the dark” is the title of the series of photographic exhibits containing the work by students Vanesa Suárez, Camila Rivera, and Camilo Parra, carried out during their professional internship at the University of Anadolu, in December 2019, with women refugees at the Turkish city of Eskisehir.

The photographs taken during the workshops are part of two exhibitions. The first one opened to the public on January 24, 2020, at the Gaziantep Arts Center, with the support of the city of Gaziantep government entities, the UN Women Turkey, and other countries, such as Japan.

The workshop sessions were held in four cities in Turkey (Mardin, Sanliurfa, Gaziantep, and Izmir), together with Palestinian student Abdl El Kader, and with the support of UN Women Turkey. The series of activities aimed at empowering Turkish and Syrian women refugees, encouraging them to tell their personal stories through photography, to reveal with images and, through their own eyes, their role as protagonists and transformers of the conflict experienced in each of the country’s territories.

“We could not talk much throughout the workshops, as we did not understand each other. However, photography united us and became our common language,” says student Vanesa Suárez. The exhibition can also be seen soon in the Turkish cities of Eskişehir, Sanliurfa, Ankara, and Istanbul.