November 22, 2006

PHOTO: "Chechnya through the Eyes of Children": Photography exhibition opens in Chechnya

?Chechnya through the Eyes of Children?: Photography exhibition opens in Chechnya

17 November 2006, Grozny - More than a hundred people, including senior officials from the Government of Chechnya, representatives from international agencies, local media and the local community today attended the opening of a photography exhibition called ?Chechnya through the Eyes of Children?. This exhibition, which will run for a fortnight, is presented by UNICEF with financial assistance from the European Commission?s Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) and is on display in the premises of the Youth Affairs Committee of the Government of Chechnya.

?In my photos I tried to tell the adults that we, the children of Chechnya, need protection and care,? - Yaser Osterkhanov, age 12.

Composed of photographs taken by 10 Chechen children trained by UNICEF and ECHO in photography, the exhibition reflects life in Chechnya as children see it. The opening ceremony was attended by the children themselves who explained to the gathering the messages they wanted to send to the audience through their photos.

?In my photos I tried to tell the adults that we, the children of Chechnya, need protection and care,? said Yaser Osterkhanov, a 12 year-old orphan and contributor of a number of photos. ?We want to live under a bright, peaceful sky. Don?t we deserve it?? he added.


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