Dominic Nahr (photos), Anna Mayumi and Save the Children (text)
“I Am Alive. Ten Children, Ten Wars, Ten Decades – and a Baby” is a photo exhibition by Swiss photographer Dominic Nahr and NGO Save the Children Germany showing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Based on a photobook called “I am Alive”External link , it tells the story of eleven people – including one baby – who as children survived some of the worst wars of the last century.
The show explores what it means to live through the horrors of war as a child and how receiving humanitarian assistance can shape the lives of survivors.
“I wanted to transport the reality of the many wars of the last century,' said Nahr, who has recently been documenting the war in Ukraine.' And unfortunately, the 21st century is also a warlike one.'
“The exhibition gives visitors the chance to talk about the unspeakable, about what war does to children and to all of us, and to share our stories,” said Martina Dase of Save the Children, the initiator and curator of the show.
More than 450 million children across the world – one in six – are living in a conflict zone, according to the NGO.
“This exhibition is a poignant reminder that behind each number is a human being with the same hopes and dreams as the rest of us,” said Filippo Grandi, the UN high commissioner for refugees.
The photos are on display at the European headquarters of the UN in Geneva, where the Human Rights Council is currently meeting for its 50th session. It is also in the Swiss city that Eglantyne Jebb, founder of Save the Children, advocated for the recognition of children's rights. Her ideas laid the groundwork for what is now the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The exhibition runs until July 6 and is open Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm. Visitors must registerExternal link to access the UN building.
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