Compared to the refugee crisis across Europe, the one in Hong Kong might seem trivial. But there are about 9,900 asylum seekers, mostly from South Asia, awaiting adjudication of their asylum claims in the city.
Hong Kong is one of the countries that haven’t signed the 1951 Refugee Convention. Although the situation for refugees and asylum seekers there is particularly dire, it is often not discussed.
As of August 2015 when we conducted the photography training for eight refugee women in partnership with Christian Action. In the 2-day training, our eight participants showed us their unique perspectives meandering through the streets of Hong Kong.
Owing to the sensitive nature of this training, we cannot disclose the names nor show the faces of our participants. But the selection of images in the below programme gallery show the power of photography in allowing refugees to tell their own stories, and viewers to build the much-needed empathy with them.