Helping Refugees Tell Their Stories in Words and Portraits

March 29, 2013

By interview David Walker

©Brian Sokol

Iman, 25, fled from the war in Syria with her son and daughter, ending up in the Nizip refugee camp in Turkey. The most important thing she was able to bring with her is the Quran she holds in this photograph. "As long as I have it with me," she says, "I'm connected to God."

Since 2012, when he was on assignment for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, photographer Brian Sokol has been making portraits of displaced persons holding the possession that they most prize. He has now photographed in three separate regions. His straightforward portraits, shot on a simple, portable backdrop, and his recordings of the refugees’ own words, have now been...

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