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No One Told Me a Revolution Could Be Beautiful

Maranie
No one told me that a revolution could be beautiful.
Or that it could make friends of people that might never otherwise cross paths and a city feel like an intimate community. But the truth is that solidarity and a common purpose can do all of these things.
What I've witnessed while on the streets defies the common perception of a protest. When we turn on the TV or open a newspaper we rarely get beyond instances of violence, broken glass and loud, fleeting energy. But this is not the story. The truth is that this movement is one of solidarity, a dedication to justice and equality, young leadership and love.
I was recently told by an editor that they were not interested in images from ongoing demonstrations unless, “the protests become unruly and fraught with conflict" and so I am sharing with you here what the ground truth is. My hope is these images give you a glimpse into what a revolution born of community and commitment can look like
In Syracuse, the grassroots organization Last Chance for Change has committed to 40 days of demonstrations against police brutality and racial injustice and dedicates time each week to pick up trash in city neighborhoods. Their approach is insistent, consistent and emphasizes education and giving back to the community.
Today, Juneteenth, marks their 20th day of consecutive demonstrations.

Earlier this week demonstrators gathered outside the Syracuse City Justice Center after learning that Jakelle Davis, 23, had been jailed only days after being shot in the face by a Syracuse police officer. The officer reported Jakelle reached for a gun; this remains unclear as none of the officers on scene were wearing body cameras.
Have you attended a demonstration in your city?
To quote Angela Davis, “You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time.”
With such a focus on violence and unrest I encourage everyone to see and experience what is happening in your community and to then draw your own conclusions—you might just be surprised, inspired and find yourself in the presence of a generation committed to a more just nation.
Change is going to come—if not now, when?
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Votes1 DateJun 19, 2020

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The Essentials: 6075 miles, 12 states, and 53 conversations

Maranie
6075 miles, 12 states, 53 conversations ... and not one speeding ticket
When I first set out to learn more about who America considered “essential” I did not know who or what I would encounter. For nearly a month I allowed myself to be guided by instinct, chance and friends who knew someone who wanted to share their experience. And so it quickly became a monthlong journey not able to be fully articulated for it was felt as much as it was seen or heard. Nearly everyone I approached was eager to share, many thanked me for listening and one woman began to cry after explaining she had not been able to tell anyone about the stress and fear that kept her awake at night. It felt right to be on the road, connecting with people and photographing a nation as it grappled with fear, uncertainty and a competing desire for “normalcy.”
In this second dispatch you will meet Michael, Jeremiah, Lyn, Beverly and Lakenya and see some of what I witnessed while traveling through the South.
What’s next?
In a few days I will put my belongings in storage and return to the road. My aim is gather at least 100 voices in the hope that collectively they will tell us something about who and what we value as a nation. It is an exceptional time to be a journalist. And though we do not know what the next year will bring it is of present-day and historical importance that we preserve this chapter in American history by documenting those who have become the fabric of our society as well as how we as a country are responding to the impact of the coronavirus.
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Michael, 23 // Biloxi, Mississippi
"The role of journalism is as important as it’s ever been. I tell people, read your local paper, watch your local station. Read the national news. I know the news can be a polarizing topic for people, but I believe it’s important to be informed. Even though it’s been months I feel like so many still don’t have an understanding of what is going on and that is kind of alarming. I want people to take what the experts are saying seriously, to understand the process and the rules and after that I hope people make their own decisions based on information.
I believe my job is essential, especially now. This is a time nobody alive right now has been through. It’s important that everyone knows what is going on and why it’s happening so they know what to do and what not to do.
What I hope for is a world where people are more aware. More aware of everything but in this case, more aware of spreading germs, getting sick, respecting distances … a world where people are more aware that their actions have an impact on others."
Beverly, 50 // Augusta, GA
“They hired me as a cashier, but right now I make sure the buggies and baskets are clean. I’m sanitizing every one of them. When a customer comes in we have six buggies lined out for them. I’ve been here 6 months and make $13.50 an hour. It’s good money. They gave us a 50 cent raise I think, but I wish we got hazard pay...I think it’s crazy that some people on unemployment are making more than people out here risking our lives everyday.
We’ve been a lot more busier for sure. People are coming in and hoarding. It’s not as bad as it was at the beginning, but people are still taking all of the toilet paper; it’s pretty crazy. People are coming in here without masks and you just don’t know. I pray every day, but I think it’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better. If everything opens up we’re just asking for it to keep spreading.
I pray everyday. It’s just part of my routine. I pray my family don’t get this, that I don’t get sick, that my thirteen-year--old daughter doesn’t get sick.
I do fear the virus. I worry about it. Y’know though, I can’t sit and focus on it all the time. I gotta work. I have bills to pay. I just pray every day and say 'God be with me' and do the best I do.”
Lakenya, 34 // Mobile, Alabama
“Sure, I’m scared, but I need the money. I had been drawing disability, but I didn’t want to do that anymore. I needed to start saving for retirement and be able to file a tax return. I’d rather work.
I make $9 an hour here. Sometime it’s 20 or 30 hours, but I dont get benefits because they say it’s just part-time.
I think I’m doing pretty good. A year ago I wasn’t doing so good, but I’m better now. And this job, like it really brings happiness to me for real. When I was on disability I wasn’t able to afford a lot of things for my kids. Now I’m able to give them allowance, something I’ve never been able to do.
I have four kids, a boy and three girls. I love waking up in the morning and telling them I have to go to work, getting in my car, listening to the radio all of the way here and saying to myself, wow I have a job.
I like this job because I like to help people. I mean, a lot of people don’t have places to go and I get to help them have somewhere nice, somewhere clean to stay. So yes, I do think it’s essential."
Lyn, 62 // Mobile, Alabama
“I always thought this looked like a really interesting job. It took me a long time to get into it, but now I get to meet people from all over the place. I make $15 an hour, which in Mobile is good. Y’know minimum wage here is $7.25? I don’t know how anybody can survive on that.
I don’t think it’s over yet. And, to be honest I don’t think the states are concerned about getting people back to work. I think the states are concerned about paying the unemployment. I think they’re concerned about the tax revenue they’re losing. I don’t think it has anything to do with people. It’s all about money. For the people out there protesting, I think it’s a way to get attention, like the preacher in Baton Rouge. He was telling everyone to come to service, give us your stimulus money because we are not getting any donations. So you’re risking your congregation so you can continue to live a lifestyle you’ve become accustomed to?
I have acquaintances that don’t believe in it because it hasn’t personally touched their families. We live in a society that until it hits you in the face it’s not important, it’s not real.”
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In early May Alabama became one of the first states to begin lifting lockdown restrictions. Though distancing guidelines were recommended few wore masks and even fewer were in groups of less than 10 or following the prescribed “6 foot rule." Having come from New York where people were stringently following distancing and social isolation rules it was as though there wasn't a global pandemic in Southern Alabama.
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And in Selma, Alabama it felt as though I was walking through a history not yet behind us.
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Jeremiah, 25 // New Orleans, LA
"I’m a cart associate. The work has got hard because WalMart is the “go-to” right now; it’s just been a lot of people coming here. I make $11.22 or so; they gave us a 20 cent raise at the beginning of the year, but they didn’t say nuthin about extra money for the coronavirus.
Y’know, I just had a baby last week—I still got the bracelet, see? This is my third one … he was born during all this, so I’m just being extra cautious. I got tested, but I could get it from somebody else. There ain’t no tellin’. That’s my biggest fear, bringing it home to my kids.
I feel like I’m a help. The doctors and nurses though, they’re the ones doing it. They’re essential workers … I’m more “essential worker help” ... if somebody needs something I’m gonna do it or if someone needs heavy lifting they’re going to call me, but I ain’t really doing nothing to save no lives; I’m just pushing baskets.
Everybody out here, we kind of used to bad luck and unfortunate things. And we deal with things differently. Not being able to second line, to come together, that’s hurting us more than the virus. The social-distancing thing is really getting a lot of us out here. It’s just been more apocalyptic feeling. Like everything was coming to the end. It was way more serious than we had thought. But now we’re shaking back. We’re going be alright. We had Katrina; everyone was down for a time, but we get back up. Now it’s time to put smiles back on our faces. I come to work everyday—I’m just glad to be here.”
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Copyright © 2020 Maranie R. Staab, All rights reserved.
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Reach me directly at maranie.rae@gmail.com

Votes2 DateJun 1, 2020

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(In)dispensable: Who is essential in America?

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(In)dispensable: Who is essential in America?
Last week I set out from Syracuse to delve into the question:
‘In light of the coronavirus pandemic, who is considered “essential” in America?’
Cristena, 35 // Raleigh, NC "I've been working here for about 4 years and make $8.25/hr. It's pretty good work. Simple, easy and I do think it's essential. People still need a place to rest their heads and I get to be the person to help them get that.”
“I’d say the nicest thing I’ve seen so far is a pastor came in last week and paid for a full week for a young lady. She started crying and just had a big smile on her face. He comes every week to pray for the people and just help out however he can. She is a single mom and is really struggling. They cut her hours when all of this happened and wasn’t able to pay for both food and to live here. What some people don't understand is that some people live here for weeks and sometimes longer because they have nowhere else to go.”
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It is my eighth day on the road and I am writing to you from a small town in rural Georgia. I began this trip with a seemingly simple question, but the interactions and conversations I’ve had have spurred others about inequality, marginalization, immigration, racism, politics and power.
In many ways, it is a privilege to stay home. In the some 1680 miles driven so far I've seen firsthand that those often least appreciated and respected and those working the longest hours for the lowest wages are now the stitching that holds our nation together.
A friend and mentor recently asked what I was doing in lieu of being physically near those I photograph. As someone who likes to get close to people and their experiences this question highlighted one of the challenges of working as a photojournalist during the coronavirus pandemic.
How can you establish intimacy from a distance?
Is approaching people with an honest desire to learn, a readiness to spend time and a willingness to really listen enough? Can words bridge a physical divide and lend us a hand into individual lives?
To me, this effort is as much an ethnographic study as it is a visual project. I think of Dorothea Lange who used images and words together, not just to record, but also to discover and explore ideas.
Consider these portraits and captions my field notes, the beginning of something that is still taking shape. The faces are of those who I’ve had the privilege to spend time with and the captions their words.
This is an initial dispatch from an ongoing inquiry; I've about two weeks left on the road and would value your thoughts and, should you be an essential worker and want to connect, please reach out.
Onward.
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I met Karina, 25, from El Salvador and Yanira, 46, from Guatemala in Washington D.C. Both women live in Maryland and come into D.C. everyday to clean houses for a contract company. "Today, we work at 6 in the morning and go home at 7 or 8 at night. They pay us $9 dollars per hour."
The minimum wage in Washington D.C. is $14
Kenny, 52 // Truckstop in Hartford, NY
"I’ve been driving trucks for about 18 years now. Y’know, I don’t love it, but it’s good work. It pays the bills. Driving for Walmart is the worst. After that is Amazon. We can’t park on their properties...they put boots on our trucks. Years ago Walmart would be okay for overnight parking, but now they don’t respect us. I’ve even seen people get booted in these times.
I live in the Poconos area with my wife and five daughters. I didn’t like it at first; I’m from Harlem and missed the city, but this [the coronavirus] taught me a lesson. I don’t want to be in close proximity with anybody. Especially in New York, nobody can be 6 feet away in the city. I appreciate living in a rural area now.
With the virus, I am afraid being out here, but I have my girls and a wife to take care of. I don’t have the option to stay home and not work because they say I’m essential. It’s tough, but I feel like I'm at least doing something to help people.”
Latonya, 37 // Baltimore, MD "I've been working here at Dollar General for about seven months now. I only make minimum-wage, but it's better than no job. I do believe this work is essential because we sell a lot of things that people need to survive: food, clothes, household supplies ... diapers. I am afraid that I might get sick, but even if I could stay home I don't want to. It's important to be here."
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Kristofer, 34 // New York City "I’m psyched to go to work; I like what I do. I'm a substance abuse counselor at a methadone clinic in the city.
I deal with people in bad situations. What I see is the lack of preparedness, the failure of the systems and the structures that exist and the obvious proof that it’s not working and we’re just not prepared.
People who can manage life on life’s terms are losing their shit and we are here to help folks who tend to make decisions harmful to their well- being during normal times.
Yes, I absolutely believe this job is essential—if we weren't out here, people would be dying, our clients would be dying."
Brenda Jordan, 54 I met Brenda on I-95 South in North Carolina; we were both first responders to a multiple-vehicle accident. After medics arrived we stood on the side of the road and talked. "I’ve been an LPN 21 years and work at the VA in Fayetteville. The biggest change is we're not dealing with folks face to face anymore, but they have access to us by phone and secure messaging." When I asked her why she stopped at the accident she smiled and said, “It’s what I do. It’s embedded in nurses." After a pause Brenda added, "But recently with all of the shootings happening around the country they are training us to do the opposite...to run when there is a commotion. That's against our nature. The worst is just the fear on peoples' faces."
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Dwight, 52 // Dunn, NC "I've been here for 13 years. It's just me—I handle everything. Anything broke, I fix it. Toilets clogged, I take care of that. I sweep the parking lot and paint and really anything that needs shined up, I shine it."
"I went to school but left before the ninth grade. I ended up working here because I was living in another hotel for two years after I broke up with my wife. The owner asked if I wanted to move to this hotel, live in it and keep the place up. I've been here ever since. I make about $300 a week. It's a set rate. Six days a week, 24 hours a day. I live here— me and my girlfriend stay in one of the rooms and she works at Burger King."
"Am I afraid? Yes. You see, I have a chronic lung disease. I was hospitalized just this last October. They said I've got blood clots on my lungs. But I have to work. It's just in me. I need the money, sure, but what else would I do all day?"
"What would tell folks? Be safe. And be good to people. Times are hard."
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I've recently turned this newsletter into a bi-monthly publication and created an option for folks to subscribe for a few dollars a month.
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Votes2 DateApr 29, 2020

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Votes1 DateOct 9, 2016

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Votes2 DateSep 15, 2016

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Jerash "Gaza" Camp

Maranie
while in amman working in the zaatari refugee camp i had the opportunity to travel to the nearby "jerash" camp -- an area currently home to 29,000 registered palestinian refugees.
the camp was initially established in 1968 as an emergency settlement for the some 11,500 displaced persons who had left the gaza strip. since then the tents have been replaced by shelters - many made of asbestos - and the population has grown.

Votes1 DateSep 15, 2016

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meet basem

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meet basem. originally from daraa, syria, basem was only 10 years old when he lost both of his legs, part of an arm and sustained serious injuries to his eyes. on august 8, 2014 basem was walking home with friends and saw a pile of children’s books on the side of the road. when he picked them up they exploded; the next thing he remembers is waking up in a hospital in amman, jordan.
unfortunately, this is not an uncommon story. too often we hear of explosives being hidden in objects used specifically to target children.
basem’s family has not been able to escape syria. for now, basem calls souriyat home as he waits to be reunited with his family and face what can only be called an uncertain future.

Votes1 DateAug 29, 2016

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bassel, age 11, and alaa, age 9

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bassel, age 11, and alaa, age 9; the two young boys became fast friends over a shared love of futbol
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Votes1 DateAug 29, 2016

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fatmah, age 6

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fatmah, age 6, is one of thousands of children who currently call the zaatari refugee camp home. according to the latest UNHCR report the population of zaatari hovers right around 100,000 with over half of that number being children and 20% under the age of 5. fatmah came to the camp with her family in late 2013 -- she enjoys bike rides and playing with some of the other children in the camp.
each day that i spent in the zaatari camp was a gift. i felt that then and i feel the same now, as i write this caption. i was permitted to bear witness to the incredible resilience and beauty of the syrian people where each individual had a story of unimaginable hardship and many children, like the young girl pictured, have never known peace or normalcy. in spite of this, each person that i met left me in awe and admiration of their resilience, their conscious decision to see the beauty in each day and their ability to cling to a hope for a better future … a future of peace.
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Votes1 DateJul 30, 2016

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zeinah, age 4, originally of damascus, syria

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zeinah, age 4, originally of damascus, syria
inside the zaatari refugee camp 04.05.16 12:12 pm
since the syrian conflict erupted over 5 years ago approximately half of the country's pre-war population of 22 million has been killed or forced to flee their homes. more than 3.2 million individuals have sought refuge in neighboring countries, including lebanon, iraq, turkey, and jordan. approximately 650,000 syrians are currently in jordan and 100,000 of those call zaatari home. the remaining 85%, and great majority, are struggling to survive in what are widely know as "random camps" many of which are scattered throughout towns, villages and barren land. like those in zaatari, they have no legal right to work and little access to education, healthcare, water, electricity or social services.
while much of the world has grown tired of hearing about the syrian crisis it does not change the fact that conflict and violence in syria has unleashed one of the worst humanitarian crises in modern history, uprooting over 11 million people.
like zeinah, pictured here, approximately 3.7 million syrian children – 1 in 3 of all syrian children – has been born since the conflict began five years ago, their lives shaped by violence, fear and displacement. according to UNICEF, this figure includes more than 151,000 children born as refugees since 2011.
in total, estimates assert that some 8.4 million children – more than 80 percent of syria’s child population – are now affected by the conflict, either inside the country or as refugees in neighboring countries.
as war rages on and as they are neither wholly welcomed abroad nor able to return home the future of millions of syrians remains an uncertain one.

Votes2 DateJul 20, 2016

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amal, age 5, originally of daraa, syria

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amal, age 5, originally of daraa, syria
inside the zaatari refugee camp 04.11.16 2:51 PM

Votes1 DateJul 19, 2016

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daily life in the zaatari refugee camp

Maranie
04.11.16 1:52 pm
daily life in the zaatari refugee camp
one can witness an incredible demonstration of resourcefulness and resilience when observing daily life in the zaatari refugee camp.
perhaps the most obvious example of this strength of spirit is the vibrant main drag that runs through the camp. since it first opened in the summer of 2012 zaatari has established and seen flourish an impressive, informal and largely underground economy. the camp features a main road entitled champs-elysees (a play on the parisian shopping destination, this market is the thriving core of what is now jordan’s fourth-largest population centre) where one can get a haircut, shop in a produce market, rent a wedding gown or buy ice cream.
while markets such as the champs-elysees are not the most common sight in refugee camps, exiled populations throughout the world have long demonstrated tremendous resourcefulness and are never completely dependent on humanitarian assistance.
we should be very hesitant to call zaatari a “city” or refer to what those in the camp have been able to do as anything that resembles “normalcy”.
it is absolutely true that those in zaatari are doing everything that they can to make the best of a very difficult situation.
but it is not, nor will it ever be, normal to be living behind a barbed wire fence, in a tent or a caravan, and to be deprived of the freedom of movement.
it is not normal, nor will it ever be, to live in a situation where an entire population lacks the rights and entitlements of citizens.
and it is certainly not normal to wake up each day not knowing when or even if you will ever be able to return to the place that you consider to be your home.

Votes1 DateJul 17, 2016

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samara, age 11, originally of homs, syria

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samara, age 11, originally of homs, syria
inside the zaatari refugee camp. 04.05.16 2:02 pm
war in syria has caused death, destruction and displacement on a horrific scale. families have been forced from their homes and livelihoods have been destroyed as a result of relentless violence and the disruption of basic services. more than 4 million people have already fled the country and 6.5 million people are internally displaced. an estimated 13.5 million people are in need of urgent life-saving assistance inside of the country — of which are over 6 million children.
children are particularly vulnerable to child rights violations such as recruitment into armed groups and exploitation and abuse, including forced early marriage and child labor. access to education, health care, water, sanitation and social services remains inadequate — even when inside established camps such as zaatari.
for many humanitarian organizations, the impact of the crisis on a generation of children is a primary and growing concern. while most will survive the conflict physically, the immediate and long-term well-being of children remains as uncertain as the future for this entire generation of kids.

Votes1 DateJul 17, 2016

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al samara, age 15, of al-sawra, syria

Maranie
04.05.16 12:33 PM
inside the zaatari refugee camp
al samara, age 15, of al-sawra, syria. al samara, his sister, three brothers, mother and father fled syria nearly 4 years ago and have been living in zaatari ever since.

Votes2 DateJul 15, 2016

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inside the zaatari refugee camp

Maranie
04.08.16 1:46 pm
inside the zaatari refugee camp
since the eruption of the brutal conflict in syria in march of 2011, more than 2.5 million refugees have fled their homes in search of peace, safety, and some sense of normalcy.
while tens of thousands have and continue to seek refuge in neighboring countries (turkey, lebanon and iraq to name a few), the zaatari refugee camp (مخيم الزعتري), has quickly become a semi-permanent home for nearly 100,000 individuals most of whom originated in the da’ara governorate in syria’s southwest.
located 10 km east of the city of mafraq and first opened on july 28, 2012, the camp is a three-square-mile piece of land in the desolate jordanian desert; it was initially designed to host a maximum of 60,000 inhabitants and is jointly administered by the jordanian government and the UNHCR (united nations high commission for refugees). the camp, which has fluctuated in population to as high as 250,000, is now the 4th largest ‘city’ in the hashemite kingdom of jordan.
aid and educational efforts are underway in zaatari, but the stories and lived experiences of these individuals – and the policy implications of those stories – are too often lost in translation.
as the international community continues to experience variations of “syria fatigue,” the residents of zaatari show a resilience and determination of a far higher caliber.
in april of 2016, i spent several weeks in the zaatari camp followed by time in outlying, unofficial "tent camps" and then later in iraq working with and photographing IDPs (internally displaced persons).
this exhibition is a collection of images and stories of those who i had the privilege to meet, photograph and in many occasions get to know. i have also included a selection of photos that are intended to contextualize the conditions of zaatari — a walled, tent camp — turned small city — that tens of thousands call home. having recently returned to pittsburgh i wish that i could do more than simply share their names, their faces and their stories here, with you.
until we choose to stop talking about people in large, anonymous, faceless numbers — 2.5 million — it is going to be impossible to evoke the type of response necessary to save our fellow human beings.
http://www.maranierae.com/inside-the-zaatari-refugee-camp/

Votes2 DateJul 15, 2016

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Project to End Human Trafficking

Maranie
The Project to End Human Trafficking:
Women and Children of Uganda Gallery Exhibition
Photography by Maranie Rae
Curated by Natalie Grandinetti
SEPTEMBER 10
LEARN MORE
6:00-9:00PM
Opening Reception
Square Café
1137 South Braddock Ave, Pittsburgh, PA
Exhibition Duration:
August 29th - September 30th, 2015
The Project to End Human Trafficking (PEHT) has been working in Uganda for the past 5 years and will be returning in November 2015. Attendees of the Exhibition will have the opportunity to make a donation and purchase prints. All proceeds of this event will directly support ongoing projects and initiatives detailed below:
Construction of a dormitory for a local school as part of local human trafficking prevention efforts
Rehabilitation support for trafficking survivors from the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) including scholarships and education supplies
Community based training with trauma victims and educators
Ongoing training and technical support to volunteers in Uganda to combat human trafficking within their communities
View Maranie’s work at www.maranierae.com .
Learn more about PEHT at www.endhumantrafficking.org
Get Involved! Contact Maranie at maranie.rae@gmail.com or 412.979.6187

Votes1 DateAug 24, 2015

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*Music

street musician

Maranie
street musician in belgrade, serbia

Votes1 DateAug 24, 2015

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*Youth

Children at Entebbe

Maranie
children at Entebbe
Entebbe, Uganda

Votes2 DateJul 28, 2015

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*Men

Balance

Maranie
balance
Antalya, Turkey

Votes1 DateJul 28, 2015

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*Rights

Protestor Sarajevo, Bosnia

Maranie
Protestor during 2014 street protests in Sarajevo, Bosnia

Votes1 DateJul 1, 2015


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Middle East

Women in Gerome, Turkey

Maranie
women in Gerome, Turkey

Votes1 DateAug 28, 2015

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Africa

children of opucet

Maranie
children following a wedding in opucet, uganda

Votes1 DateAug 24, 2015

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Middle East

Istanbul, Turkey

Maranie
Istanbul, Turkey

Votes1 DateJul 28, 2015

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Europe

Elderly Man in Sarajevo, Bosnia

Maranie
elderly man in Sarajevo, Bosnia

Votes1 DateJul 13, 2015

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Africa

Mother and Child in Jinja, Uganda

Maranie
mother and child in Jinja, Uganda

Votes1 DateJul 7, 2015

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Europe

Daily Life, Istanbul, Turkey

Maranie
daily life, Istanbul, Turkey

Votes1 DateJul 7, 2015

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Europe

Woman Selling Trinkets in Belgrade, Serbia

Maranie
woman selling trinkets in Belgrade, Serbia

Votes1 DateJul 2, 2015

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Middle East

Istanbul Street Vendor

Maranie
STREET VENDOR SELLING PRODUCE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF BALAT, ISTANBUL, TURKEY

Votes1 DateJul 1, 2015

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Middle East

Turkish Elder in Goreme, Turkey

Maranie
Turkish Elder in Goreme, Turkey

Votes1 DateJun 24, 2015

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Europe

Chess in the Park

Maranie
Chess in the Park ... Belgrade, Serbia

Votes1 DateJun 23, 2015

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Middle East

Children Play in Balat

Maranie
Children play in Balat -- a neighborhood of Istanbul, Turkey

Votes1 DateJun 23, 2015

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Africa

Men with Jackfruit

Maranie
A man sells jackfruit to those passing by in Soroti, Uganda

Votes1 DateJun 18, 2015

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Africa

School Child

Maranie
A school child in the village of Opucet, Uganda

Votes1 DateJun 16, 2015

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Africa

man with kudu horn

Maranie
a man celebrates with a kudu horn in the village of opucet, uganda

Votes1 DateJun 15, 2015

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Africa

A man is dressed for a wedding

Maranie
A man is dressed for a wedding and the reception that will follow in the village of Opucet, Uganda.

Votes1 DateJun 11, 2015

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Africa

Daily Tasks Meal Preparation

Maranie
Woman carries a bowl full of water in preparation for a meal
In Uganda women do a great majority of the household work including, but not limited to, the cooking, cleaning, harvesting, caring for the children (and their husbands) and fetching clean water each day.

Votes1 DateJun 8, 2015

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Africa

Wisdom

Maranie
“Wisdom”
Elder in the village of Opucet, Uganda

Votes1 DateJun 3, 2015

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Africa

Fried Sweet Potatoes Uganda Style

Maranie
i met this young woman while exploring the city of soroti. i was trying to get a look at what she and the other women were doing and upon approaching her she warmly explained that they were making friend sweet potatoes. who knew? not only are sweet potatoes a different color in uganda (more white or pale yellow like a regular potato), but they are also just as if not more delicious. i bought four huge pieces for less than $1USD.

Votes1 DateJun 3, 2015

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Africa

Pure and Natural Beauty.

Maranie
The village of Opucet, Uganda
"pure and natural beauty"
while visually stunning, the women of uganda possess something so much more -- against all odds, and without the luxuries that we take for granted each day, they are resilient, powerful, capable and confident

Votes1 DateJun 3, 2015


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A Ugandan Wedding Ceremony Oct 9, 2016 @ 07:47:43 pm
Jerash "Gaza" Camp Sep 15, 2016 @ 10:59:54 pm
Jerash "Gaza" Camp Sep 15, 2016 @ 10:39:06 pm
meet basem Aug 29, 2016 @ 10:52:54 pm
bassel, age 11, and alaa, age 9 Aug 29, 2016 @ 10:40:47 pm
fatmah, age 6 Jul 30, 2016 @ 05:41:45 pm
zeinah, age 4, originally of damascus, syria Jul 20, 2016 @ 06:35:45 pm
amal, age 5, originally of daraa, syria Jul 19, 2016 @ 11:30:26 am
daily life in the zaatari refugee camp Jul 17, 2016 @ 02:14:45 pm
samara, age 11, originally of homs, syria Jul 17, 2016 @ 01:50:26 pm
al samara, age 15, of al-sawra, syria Jul 15, 2016 @ 10:29:10 am
inside the zaatari refugee camp Jul 15, 2016 @ 10:16:38 am
Women in Gerome, Turkey Aug 28, 2015 @ 02:05:20 pm
Project to End Human Trafficking Aug 24, 2015 @ 04:14:42 pm
children of opucet Aug 24, 2015 @ 03:55:29 pm
street musician Aug 24, 2015 @ 03:31:34 pm
Project to End Human Trafficking Aug 24, 2015 @ 03:19:39 pm
Project to End Human Trafficking Aug 24, 2015 @ 03:17:22 pm
Istanbul, Turkey Jul 28, 2015 @ 11:25:19 am
Children at Entebbe Jul 28, 2015 @ 10:32:21 am
Balance Jul 28, 2015 @ 10:19:42 am
Elderly Man in Sarajevo, Bosnia Jul 13, 2015 @ 11:44:25 am
Mother and Child in Jinja, Uganda Jul 7, 2015 @ 12:03:15 pm
Daily Life, Istanbul, Turkey Jul 7, 2015 @ 11:48:35 am
Daily Life, Istanbul, Turkey Jul 7, 2015 @ 11:48:34 am
Woman Selling Trinkets in Belgrade, Serbia Jul 2, 2015 @ 06:54:54 pm
Istanbul Street Vendor Jul 1, 2015 @ 11:29:44 am
Protestor Sarajevo, Bosnia Jul 1, 2015 @ 11:07:59 am
Turkish Elder in Goreme, Turkey Jun 24, 2015 @ 12:04:42 pm
Chess in the Park Jun 23, 2015 @ 02:43:02 pm
Children Play in Balat Jun 23, 2015 @ 02:25:30 pm
Men with Jackfruit Jun 18, 2015 @ 07:06:36 pm
School Child Jun 16, 2015 @ 11:24:49 am
man with kudu horn Jun 15, 2015 @ 05:18:31 am
A man is dressed for a wedding Jun 11, 2015 @ 10:26:35 am
Daily Tasks Meal Preparation Jun 8, 2015 @ 03:05:31 pm
Wisdom Jun 3, 2015 @ 11:41:43 am
Fried Sweet Potatoes Uganda Style Jun 3, 2015 @ 10:10:41 am
Pure and Natural Beauty. Jun 3, 2015 @ 09:16:43 am

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