UNHCR Libya is launching the project of the multimedia exhibition FarawaySyria as a part of a campaign aimed at increasing the awareness about the plight of refugees from Syria in Libya while they flee their country and reach Libya. The Syrian civil war has created the world’s worst refugee crisis of the last 20 years. According to UNHCR, over 2 million Syrian refugees have fled since the beginning of the war and over 4 million are internally displaced (UNHCR Syria Regional Refugee Response website). Hundreds of thousand of Syrian refugees have sought asylum in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, as well as Libya. According to unconfirmed estimates 110,000 refugees from Syrian are in Libya. Of them, as of 31 August 2013, over 13,000 are registered with UNHCR Libya. The exhibition to be presented in Tripoli, Libya, will track the journey of refugees from Syria while they flee the war and reach Libya. The Italian journalist Nancy Porsia, currently based in Libya, curates the event. The exhibition consists of two parts:
- An international overview of the refugees through the photographic works realized in Syria and its surrounding countries;
- A Libyan and Syrian perception about displacement in Libya. Works produced by Libyan and Syrian photographers are particularly welcomed.
The exhibition, organized by UNHCR Libya in cooperation with the Italian Embassy, the Italian Cultural Institute in Tripoli and the Canadian Embassy will take place at House of Culture (former British Consulate in the old city) in Tripoli, during the first two weeks of November 2013. For further information please contact the Faraway Syria exhibition.