Every year, CJFE presents a photo exhibit at the CJFE Gala: A Night to Honour Courageous Reporting. All of the photos are available for purchase at the Gala.
All proceeds from the sale of these stunning photographs go directly to CJFE's Journalists in Distress Fund, which provides humanitarian assistance to journalists and media workers whose lives and well-being are threatened.
CJFE is proud to present photos by 21-year-old Hany al Moulia, a Syrian refugee who now lives in Regina, Saskatchewan. The stunning images record life in a refugee camp that are both heartbreaking and beautiful, revealing both hope and despair. What makes it particularly remarkable is that al Moulia is legally blind. He suffers from nystagmus, an eye condition that causes rapid eye movement; in his case, everything is out of focus unless it’s 10 centimetres from his face.
As a teenager, al Moulia left his home in Homs, Syria, in 2012 following the deaths of his cousin and uncle. He found temporary safety in a refugee camp in Lebanon, where he was introduced to American photographer Brendan Bannon and, through a UNHCR workshop, the joy of photography. While al Moulia once dreamed of becoming an engineer, he’s now working hard to build a freelance photography career in Regina, where he and his family have found refuge.
The 2015 CJFE Gala photo exhibit will also showcase images from the Syrian refugee crisis donated by famed photographers Brendan Bannon, Ed Kashi, Dalia Khamissy, Andrew McConnell, Dominic Nahr, Alfredo D’Amato and the Associated Press’s Muhammed Muheisen.
All photographs will be available for purchase at the 2015 CJFE Gala. A limited run of al Moulia's photographs will also be available from CJFE in December. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.