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Hourglass - Syrian Crisis

Chris Luk | Jordan

It all begins in 2011 when the Syrian army fired at the demonstrators who were protesting against the Bashar al-Assad regime. It then triggered into a full blown armed rebellion across the country joined by different groups, with each having their own agenda. When both sides starts to kill the civilians, the Syrian Civil War gone out of control.

The country is torn apart and most have no choice but seeking asylum in other countries to seek for hope, mostly to Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. According to UN, there are more than 650,000 registered refugees in Jordan with over 115,000 living in Zaatari refugee camp and Azraq refugee camp.

In December 2016, I have accompanied the ICRC and Hong Kong Red Cross to visit the Syrian refugees in Jordan, both inside the Zaatari refugee camp as well as in the community. This body of work aims to reiterate the long term needs of humanitarian work presented like a summary of the dire situation.

The title "Hourglass - Syrian Crisis" has two meanings: it relates the fact that time is ticking, much work has to be done for the refugees. On the other hand, it also symbolises the idea of HOPE - that bad time will pass. Hope is the essence and catalyst for the victims to keep living and find ways to adapt in challenging time. The humanitarian work being done by all the NGOs and organisations are not only supporting their basic needs in food and shelter, but also giving them 'hope'.

Hong Kong Red Cross

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Jordan Red Crescent Society (JRCS)

Hong Kong Professional Photographers Network (HKPPN)

Refugees are people with strong will and they are survivors who live their life based on one belief - HOPE.

I see beautiful human stories here that there are people and organisations from around the world that actually care and helping the victims in crisis, but more has to be done.

The photography approach in this body of work are more narrative that are relatively subtle but each image is like a small piece within a puzzle that tells the message I wanted to communiate.  


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Website: www.chrislukphoto.com

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