Open exhibition of photography on Afghan refugees in Tirana – Exit

An exhibition of photographs taken by Afghan refugees in Albania has been inaugurated in Tirana.

Entitled “Albania of my eyes”, it opened its doors at the Tirana Art Gallery and includes the work of around twenty people.

The Albanian government opened its doors to more than 2,400 Afghan refugees after the Taliban took over the country in the summer of 2021. After being processed in Tirana, they have since been housed in resorts in Durres and Shengjin. About 300 have left, but thousands remain in limbo without knowing when they will leave.

A backlog of paperwork and a lack of communication from the US government has left many desperate.

To process their trauma and cope with the uncertainty, some opened sewing groups, others a restaurant, and some took pictures and created art.

Madina Talash told the AP that “this exhibition shows how other people see the beauty of Albania,” adding that “we couldn’t live there anymore. lived, it was so difficult.

Photographer Firroz Mashoof said: “I am doing my best to forget my past in Afghanistan, and I want to tell the world that Afghans will never be silenced.

https://exit.al/en/2021/12/28/afghans-living-in-limbo-in-albania-start-knitting-to-heal-their-trauma/

Tracey L. Sweeney