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Alixandra Fazzina 2010 Nansen Refugee Award winner | by UNHCR
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Alixandra Fazzina 2010 Nansen Refugee Award winner


Standing in choppy shoulder deep water, Somali refugees look back anxiously from the sea as they try to locate friends and relatives left behind on Shimbiro Beach. Preparing to board one of three smuggler’s boats that will depart simultaneously for Yemen, many of the passengers have become separated from those that they had hoped to make this high-risk journey with.As the crew hauls passengers from the water, each is already soaking wet as they step onboard. Before they even depart, the one hundred and twenty eight Somalis and Ethiopians tied down inside the tiny boat begin to shiver as strong winds blow in for the sea. Their fate is now sealed. Only eleven of the people who took this boat were to ever reach Yemen alive.All photos: © Alixandra Fazzina/NOOR


Photo journalist Alixandra Fazzina is being recognized as this year’s winner of UNHCR’s prestigious Nansen Refugee Award for her striking coverage of the devastating human consequences of war.


Working in remote and often dangerous environments this photo exhibition shot in Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen and Afghanistan is a sample of her work and, as is typical of Fazzina’s style, portrays the plight of displaced people with compassion and empathy.

Speaking about her photos Alixandra Fazzina said, “I hope my photography gives someone else a moment to stand still, take the time to look, look properly, and engage in a slightly different way with the world”.

Ms. Fazzina began her career as a photojournalist embedded with the British army in Bosnia. Since then, she has turned her lens from the frontlines to the refugee camps to document the human suffering caused by war.


Her work has been published by major news media around the world driving attention and sympathy to the people she portrays.


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Uploaded on July 9, 2010