Convinced of the power of image to effect social change, the photojournalist Reza has consistently worked to empower people in vulnerable situations by his time creating training programs of various types throughout the world. In December 2013, Reza traveled to a Syrian refugee camp located in Iraqi Kurdistan as part of reportage commissioned by French German TV Arte. He established a photography workshop for children of the Kawergosk refugee camp aged from ten to fifteen years old. That project birthed what is now Exile Voices, where Reza provides workshops for youths in refugee camps, and later Urban Voices, which addresses young people living in difficult suburbs or inner cities throughout the world.
Mohammad Husein15 years old when the photography workshop was launched.Syrian Refugee Camp, Kawergosk, Iraqi Kurdistan.Highly symbolic portrait of a refugee child in front of one of the tents of the UNHCR (United Nations Refugee Agency).A highly talented photographer, Mohammad Husein had to leave the Kawergosk camp to work in the city of Erbil as a packer in order to help out his family. He took his camera with him.Photograph part of the five-year project Exile Voices, launched in December 2013 by Reza to offer children living in refugee camps photography training.
He designed the project and maintains it with the help of his team at Reza Visual Academy, a non-profit organisation based in Paris. He regularly goes to project sites to encourage and motivate youth.
The Exile Voices project had a second training in workshop in Kabarto and another one in