NGPC Baltimore – Finding Home

National Geographic Photo Camp Baltimore - Cing Khan Lun

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.

National Geographic Photo Camp Baltimore - Cing Khan Lun

National Geographic Photo Camp Baltimore / Vaza Paw

“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

National Geographic Photo Camp Baltimore / Thaum Khen Meung

“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

National Geographic Photo Camp Baltimore / Photo by Dim Lam Lun

National Geographic Photo Camp Baltimore / Photo by Min Min Aye

“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

National Geographic Photo Camp Baltimore / Photo by Ling Awn

National Geographic Photo Camp Baltimore / Photo by Che Vi

“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

National Geographic Photo Camp Baltimore - Photo by Daniel Thang

National Geographic Photo Camp Baltimore / Photo by Daniel Thang

National Geographic Photo Camp Baltimore / Photo by Cing Khan Lung

National Geographic Photo Camp Baltimore / Photo by New Mu Aye

“For my family, I hope we will be happy and do well in life and stay together.”

– Vung Lun

CLICK HERE for the Final Show!

Comments are closed.