Photo Camp Baltimore brought together refugee youth from Burma and Eritrea now residing in a suburb outside of Baltimore, to explore using photography, writing and audio recordings to tell their own stories of what its like to make a new home. Every evening students brought home cameras and lessons learned at photo camp to capture their family, friends and daily life. Through the lens of a camera students shared their individual and collective experiences, hopes for the future and reflections on growing up in a different country.
“I like it here in Baltimore; everything is better here. In my country we didn’t have as many things to make life easier, like electricity or computers. So it’s better here, but I miss my grandmother. She is too old to travel here, so I hope I can go back and see her someday. When I was sick, she would sit with me, and when I would go out and play, she would watch over me and protect me. I was very close to her and I miss her.”
– Vaza Paw
“I miss the fruits like the mangos and the peaches. We had a lot of peach trees and mango trees so I miss them. We could get mangos whenever we wanted -we would climb up and get them, but here we have to buy them. My father planted a the garden here in America. He likes fresh vegetables more so he doesn’t have to buy them from the supermarket.”
– Thaum Khen Meung
“I am new to speaking English. People laugh at me because I can’t speak English. I want to have friends that I can play with and talk to, but I go home and play video games by myself because no one can understand me. I don’t have anyone to play with. I thought I would be happy in the U.S. I dreamed of buying a house and a car. I want to make money and take care of my mom. I’m too young to know if these things will come true, but I hope so.”
– Min Min Aye
“I want to grow up and go to college to become a doctor. I hope to do good here and then return to help my home country.”
– Daniel Thang
“For my family, I hope we will be happy and do well in life and stay together.”
– Vung Lun
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