Objects. Souvenirs. Mementos.
As a child, many of us had a prized possession – something that was just ours. We took care of it. We cherished it. In turn, it preserved memories that we still carry with us today.
But what if you suddenly had been forced on the move, fleeing war or escaping poverty? Could you have brought it? Would you have found something new along the way?
Welcome to the exhibition “Uprooted journeys: The role of an object”, co-organized by UNICEF and the National Human Rights Council in Morocco. Many of these photos illustrate that physical belongings help to maintain a sense of personal belonging through a young person’s journey. In some photos, objects appear to be a token of grief, desperation – or a testament to strength and courage. In others yet, children have nothing but the clothes on their backs.
We hope this exhibit reminds you that, whether children are migrants, refugees, internally displaced or stateless, first and foremost, #AChildIsAChild.
Harold, 17, is travelling from Caracas, Venezuela, to Lima, Peru, in 2018, to start a new life. When packing to leave, he discarded a lot of things that didn’t fit in his bag. But he did pack one special object: his high school medal. The medal, he hopes, represents the first achievement of many he will earn in his life.
Photo: Manuel Moreno Gonzalez