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They are called refugees because they ran away from Sudan due to Darfur’s War. They started crossing the border 14 years ago and they have been living in Chad since then. The conflict in the area of Darfur (West of Sudan) started in 2003 just at the end of the Sudanese Civil War (which ended officially with the independence of South Sudan signed in 2005). To simplify it, Darfur’s conflict is an ethnical conflict between the Arabic ethnics from the north of the country and the African ethnics from the south (as the region name says, they are called the Fur). It’s considered the first big holocaust of the XXI Century with an estimated number of 400 000 killings.

This zine tries to show the life of some people that is currently living in the camps of Djabal, Goz-Amir and Mile (all of them in Eastern Chad, near the border with Sudan). Notably, images and testimonies are related to education and schools. Most of the kids have already born in the camp and only know their native land by the histories of their parents. All photos are shot at the end of 2017 on expired film with an Olympus mju II manufactured in 1997. Shout out to the NGO which I work for, for giving me the opportunity of getting to know this reality.

Kids are responsible for bringing water home for all their families. The process is quite natural for them and every time I see it a question comes into my mind:

What will happen if we ask our children in Europe to bring water home over their heads 2 kilometers away instead of cooking them chicken because they don't like vegetables?

His name is Jacob Mahamat Adam and he’s 23 years old. He came to Chad (Djabal refugee camp) in 2003. Today he is going to french classes and he’s a“mobilisateur communitaire” due to his knowledge of languages (he speaks proper English, French and Arabic) in order to improve communication between the communities and other institutions. His dream is to become a journalist because:

“I will be able to know other countries and cultures that will give me diferent points of view of other people all around the world. Darfur’s situation should be shown to the world by their own people, by sudanese people. Journalism should be one of the most important things in the humanitarian world to show everybody from developed countries how we live and how everything is around here. The world is still unknown to us”.

Ismael Ishad Daoud has been a teacher for 14 years now, he teaches Arabic in Primary Class E of the school Dar-esSalam. He has been in GozAmir since 2004 and he lives in Block 10 Sector 3. Some of his own fifteen kids are assisting at the same school where he teaches.

The woman is Dar-es Salam Ibrahim Youssouf and she teaches in a kindergarten at GozAmir refugee camp. She is twenty eight years old and she learned English at the camp. There are 45 kids in her kindergarten classes. In the photo she’s with his son that assists to kindergarten too. On top, another shy pupil of the kindergarten.

An old wheel of a bike in Goz-Amir refugee camp to improve mechanic skills on bikes and motorbikes with the comunity.

Hassan is 22 years old and he’s right now in fourth Class of “Moyen” at “Obama School” (named like that due to Barack Obama’s visit to Djabal refugee camp). He was born at the border between Chad and Sudan. He moved to Gozbeïda ten years ago and he has been assisting to school since then. He has been only studying English for four years and despite this fact his level is quite good. His favourite subject is IT and computers, We chatted about the educational level of the whole nation and the reason why it’s not developing fast enough. “The government only wants to fill their own pockets”, he told me while discussing about the national meeting of education he attended last year in N’Djamena. He goes to school every day because “It’s the only way to develop a country”,he told me 5 minutes before the class started.

Saleh Abakar teaches arabic and mathematics in “New Soudan Shool”, at Djabal refugee ramp. In the picture he’s speaking with Salima, his pupil from last school year at kindergarten. This current year she’s in Doroti School in Class 1 of Primary Education. She’s checking with her old teacher her improvements in arabic.

Choula means lightness in arabic. It’s a primary school in the camp of Goz-Amir, giving classes of CM1 and CM2, consisting on kids of eleven-twelve years old. Lightness could not be the exact word for the school considering there are not windows, but it’s because of their future with education, not because of the literal meaning.

Refugees not outsiders zine  

Refugees not outsiders is a compilation of photos, testimonies and some words from sudanese refugees around diferent locations on Eastern Ch...

Refugees not outsiders zine  

Refugees not outsiders is a compilation of photos, testimonies and some words from sudanese refugees around diferent locations on Eastern Ch...