I have a new project. Can you help?

I have been developing the idea for this project since I was in Syria last year to photo-document that terrible conflict as well as spending time in Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan. What impressed me the most was the warmth of the people despite all the terrible hardship they are suffering.

I need your help

Syrian child in Zaatari refugee camp.                      “I need your help”

Millions of Syrians are now refugees in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan and they have very little international support. Because of the circumstances they have to find ways of supporting themselves and their families. They are doing this by trying to find work but there also are quite a few who have started small businesses. Syrians are extremely resourceful, they have to be. This project is about telling the stories of these people as they find ways to rebuild their lives in a foreign country. I have kept many of my contacts with Syrians in Jordan. The plan is to follow up on them as well as meet new Syrians to see how their lives have changed in the last year. The objective is to show that although they are refugees they are no different to you and me, they desire security, a home, education and a job. Refugees are often portrayed in the media as pathetic creatures living in the dirt, I want to show their humanity as they work to rebuild their lives.

The project’s ultimate goal is to publish a book which tells the individual stories of those I will meet, interview and photograph as they go about rebuilding their lives. There will also be exhibitions in Europe and the USA as a continuation of the book and exhibitions I have already produced from my time in Syria last year.

I will also donate 20% of the profit from sales of the book and any photographic works to buy medicines for Syrian refugees. Many cannot afford the medicines they need, particularly for the children, this project will be of direct benefit to those who need help.

I now have a crowdfunding project at Indiegogo.com to help me complete what I feel to be an important project which will give a voice to many who can show the humanity of a people in a difficult situation. Please go to my project at Indeigogo and have a look and watch the video. With your help we can give a voice to those who have lost and suffered to much and really draw attention on an international scale to a people who simply want to live quietly with their families.

Even if you can’t help directly but you still believe in helping your fellow human beings then please share this appeal with as many people as possible. Anything you do is very much appreciated, thank you.

Syria: A Personal Appeal

As the followers of my blog know, I have spent the last year covering the situation in Syria, in particular the humanitarian crisis. I spent a month in Syria as well as a further month visiting the refugee camps of Lebanon and Jordan in order to document what is actually happening. The situation there becomes worse by the day and more and more innocent people suffer as a result. Various circumstances have led to me having the opportunity to give voice to their suffering. Among these opportunities, later this month there will be an exhibition of my work at Oxford University as part of an international conference about the global refugee crisis called Refugee Voices with wide media coverage on the BBC

I would like very much to be able to continue this work, to return to the refugee camps. To show how global politics is responsible for the suffering of people and creating the refugee crisis that we see. In order to continue my work I need funding. Therefore I am making an appeal. If you can donate something or if there is a philanthropist out there who follows my work then please contact me, or you can make a direct payment to my PayPal account using my email russellchapman99@gmail.com

Please share my appeal with everybody you know Everything helps, and by so doing you will be helping me to do my job of showing what is really happening. I have no political affiliation, I simply report what I see.