Photo exhibit for World Refugee Day opens in Kyiv


To commemorate World Refugee Day in Kyiv, the UN Refugee Agency hosts a photo exhibition jointly organized with the Embassy of Canada to Ukraine and “The Right to Protection” NGO. The photo project highlights refugee’s life stories and their integration into local communities in Ukraine and in Canada. The exhibition is displayed on St. Sophia Square in Kyiv from June 20 until July 3 and then will visit other cities of Ukraine.


The photo exhibit opened on  20 June with media briefing, which was widely attended by local press. The list of speakers included Mr. Pablo Mateu, UNHCR representative in Ukraine, Roman Waschuk, Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine, Maxym Sokoliuk, Head of State Migration Service of Ukraine and Oleksandr Galkin, Head of Right to Protection NGO.


Photo project consists of two parts. The first one features refugees who live in Ukraine. These are 20 photo stories of people who fled war, prosecution, and violence in Somalia, Democratic Republic of Kongo, Iraq, and other parts of the world. They have found their “place under the sun” in Ukraine.

The second part of the exhibition highlights the history of hospitality and protection of refugees in Canada. This year the country celebrates its 150 anniversary. Throughout its history, Canada generously welcomed refugees from all over the world.