UNITED NATIONS EXHIBIT

AN AMERICAN IN AFGHANISTAN, A WHITE PERSON IN RWANDA, AND A JEW IN PALESTINE.

I’ve spent much of the last nineteen years living in traumatized communities around the world while doing the work of our family foundation. I met the children in this exhibit during those travels.

During my family’s years on the road, our most transcendent moments came when least expected, from the joys and frustrations of sharing in ordinary people’s everyday lives. These photographs were born out of those everyday moments.

I chose to use only images of children because it is through the strength and hope in their young eyes that the power of the invisible sun is so compelling. I photographed them from weeks after September 11, 2001, until December 2018. They live in alleyways, refugee camps, slums, and remote villages from Afghanistan, Syria, and Pakistan to Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Palestine, and the Tibetan Diaspora. They are orphans, child soldiers, refugees, and just plain kids dealing with war, conflict, natural disaster, abuse, displacement, or simply being born into an incredibly unlucky situation. I was face-to-face with them because I was there to help. That’s a big part of the connection that I hope you see in their eyes.

These kids face daily challenges that bend my spirit and break my heart. Meeting them has nourished and energized me. I hope it does the same for you. Visit these kids when you need to remember the power of the human spirit to overcome.

Visit these kids when you need to remember to be more thankful in your own life. Visit these kids and ask, “Am I doing all I can to help?”

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Jamal Mena, Kabul, Afghanistan.

 

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Kabul, Afghanistan.

 

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Kigali, Rwanda  / Lo Manthang, Kingdom of Mustang.

 

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Khyber Pass, Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Afghanistan–Pakistan border.

 

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Kabul, Afghanistan.

 

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Patan, Nepal.

 

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Kabul, Afghanistan.

 

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Weligama, Sri Lanka.

 

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Afghan Refugee Processing Center, Pakistan.

 

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Kabul, Afghanistan.

 

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Balakot, North-West Frontier Province (NWFP), Pakistan.

 

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Kabul, Afghanistan.

 

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Northern Kabul, Afghanistan.

 

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Internally Displaced Persons Camp, NWFP, Pakistan.

 

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Khyber Pass, Federally Administered Tribal Areas,Pakistan–Afghanistan border.

 

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Central Market, Kabul, Afghanistan.

 

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Central Market, Kigali, Rwanda.

 

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Kacha Gari Refugee Camp, NWFP, Pakistan.

 

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Child Soldier Camp, Ruhengeri, Rwanda.

 

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Near Ruhengeri, Rwanda.

 

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Muslim School, Weligama, Sri Lanka.

 

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Muslim School, Weligama, Sri Lanka.

 

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Migrant School, Hebei Province, China.

 

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Butare, Rwanda.

 

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Thar Desert near Jaisalmer, India–Pakistan border,.

 

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Mother Teresa’s living room, Calcutta, India.

 

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His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama’s living room, Dharamsala, India.

 

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Nelson Mandela’s living room, Johannesburg, South Africa.

 

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Near Bagram Airbase, Afghanistan.

 

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Bhaktapur, Nepal.

 

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Dagnam Village, Myagdi District, Nepal.

 

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Tibetan Refugee Camp Four, near Sera Jey Monastery, Bylakuppe, Karnataka, India.

 

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Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

 

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Afghan Refugee Processing Center, Pakistan.

 

 

 

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