Border of Hope
Countries have borders. Hope doesn’t.
Refugees have only one choice - flee across international borders.
Every day wars and human rights abuses drive thousands of women, men, unaccompanied children, and families to take dangerous, sometimes perilous journeys to safety.
Around the world, 60 million people need refuge. This is the highest number ever recorded and accelerating fast.
While nine out of ten refugees are in the developing world, few reach the safety of Europe.
Over the last two years, Bulgaria received 25,000 asylum-seekers. This exhibition aims to show the courage, determination, and resilience of some of them. These photos were taken between April 2013 and June 2015 by Dobrin Kashavelov for the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR.
“All the refugees I have photographed started their journey in unbearable circumstances. People from different ethnicities and cultures, people with diverse backgrounds fleeing armed conflict and persecution. I can’t even begin to imagine what they have lived through. I can only condemn the reasons which have forced them from their homes and to leave the life they knew everything.
In our limited time together, I saw their hope for a new beginning. For some this new life continues in Bulgaria, but most of them have moved to Western and Northern Europe.
I am grateful to every person who trusted me to document their journey across the Border of Hope”