Abdulazez was born in Syria, but his family fled the country due to war when he was just 13. “We didn’t leave the country for four years,” he says. “We went from place to place, and it was tiring. We finally were more and more afraid for ourselves, if someone might die, so we left to Turkey, and in January 2016, we travelled on to Greece.” Life in a Greek refugee camp was difficult, but Abdulazez found an escape in photography. And taking photos of the people living with him in the camp showed him the power of the human spirit to overcome adversity. “It was the smiles that I would see on children and adult faces that truly inspired me to start photography,” he explains. “I felt like that would be the best way to show the real image of the refugees.” Now Abdulazez is attending university in Belgium. His photography is featured on his Facebook page “Through Refugee Eyes” and was used on the #IAmMore website.
Our global #IAmMore challenge empowers people to advocate for the 65 million people around the world who have been forcibly displaced from their homes. The challenge – launched on World Refugee Day in 2017 – has already reached more than 10 million people and demonstrated that refugees have rich, meaningful lives beyond their current circumstances.
Western Union Foundation Executive Director Elizabeth Roscoe speaks about the global refugee crisis to the crowd at the 40th Annual Denver Film Festival. The Foundation sponsored the Denver premiere of the refugee documentary “Human Flow.”