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Don't look away

02 November 2015

Hope  Spot  Organization would like to invite you to the photo exhibition and information meeting


Stories to six Syrian torture victims, told in photography, film and text.

Opening - Monday November 2nd at. 1700 pa  

Cultural center ISAK


With lectures:

  • On the situation of Syrian and Palestinian refugees inside and outside Syria by Tari Edin Barakeh, who has previously worked for UNHCR and  Red Cross in Syria, and now manager of Hope Spot Organization.
  • About  Hope Spot Organization and what we do  by Eva Obeed, board member at Hope Spot.
  • About  the photo exhibition and why we called it  "Do not Look Away"  by Jasmen Yousef, board member at Hope Spot.

Volunteers from Hope Spot will be present in the exhibition and will be happy to inform and answer questions.


Why "Don't Look Away"

"Don't Look Away" is the name both of this exhibition and of its creators - a group of 14 "old" and "new" Danes - the new ones Syrian refugees. We are students, teachers, social workers, journalists, and a gallery owner who got together in March after one of us - a refugee who remains anonymous for the sake of his family - felt obligated to tell the stories of his friends who died in the Syrian regime's prisons.

Yes, millions of euros have been sent to help those suffering in what has been termed "the worst humanitarian catastrophe since the Second World War." This aid has reached Syrians in their homes, in camps for Internally Displaced Persons, and in refugee camps in neighboring countries. European countries have also given asylum to thousands of Syrian refugees. But we could do much more to help Syrians who flee from bombings, not only by the Syrian regime and the opposition groups in Syria but also by the western states that participate in the war against ISIS.

The war in Syria is not only about Syria. As the Danish peace and conflict researcher Jan Oberg has said, Syria is the scene, but the theatre is the Middle East. Some might even say that the whole world is the theatre. This makes the situation very, very complicated. But a complicated situation is no excuse for not doing everything in our power to help suffering people.

Thousands of people have died in the Syrian regime's prisons, just because they crossed the street, said the wrong word, helped the helpless or did something else entirely innocent. We bring you the photographs of six of them which were leaked by "Caesar," and have chosen to tell their stories in a way that shows these young people as the beautiful, loveable humans they were and always will be in the minds of the people who lost them.


These are the stories of six people out of 11,000 whose photos were leaked. Out of 200,000 who are still emprisoned. Out of 300,000 who have died in the conflict. Out of 24,000,000 who are still in the biggest prison, Syria.

Whether you are an ordinary citizen or a policy maker, we hope that these photos and stories will move you to put pressure wherever you can to help bring this suffering to an end. We are aware that this is a huge undertaking, so we suggest that you start with writing letters or talking with people to promote one or more of the following specific goals:

*The adoption of a common European refugee policy to ensure that as many Syrian refugees as possible are given asylum

*The opening up in Libya of a facility for the processing of applications for asylum in Europe--this in order to protect Syrian refugees and prevent them from risking their lives on the Mediterranean Sea

*The prosecution of Syrian war criminals in the International Tribunal, ICC

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