“The need is enormous. We are finding explosive hazards in every street, every house, every alley, every piece of infrastructure.”
— Pehr Lodhammar (UNMAS Programme Manager from Iraq)
The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) opened the very first exhibition of Safe Home. at Photoville NY 2018. Featuring photos by Cengiz Yar, the exhibition highlighted the challenging and demanding work that the organization carries out to create a “safe home” for almost two million internally displaced people in Iraq.
Since its debut at Photoville, the Safe Home exhibition has been transformed into a traveling exhibit that has been showcased in Australia, Switzerland (Palais des Nations — UN Headquarters) and Germany (German Federal Foreign Office; Berlin Central Train Station) — with additional exhibits planned in Brussels, Paris, and London.
Cengiz Yar (b. 1986) is a documentary photographer based in New York. His work is focused on mass displacement, religious and ethnic minorities, and the fight against the Islamic State.
Established in 1997, the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) leads, coordinates and implements activities to mitigate the threat posed by mines, explosive remnants of war and improvised explosive devices.