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Community development

The resettlement portraits

Photographer Nando Azevedo and the Auckland Resettled Community Coalition explores the many cultures that make up the Former Refugee community of New Zealand.

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When people think of refugees it’s often in negative terms – poor, helpless, weak and often as a threat. They see them as a term ‘refugee’, and forget about the people behind the word. Who are they? What are their hopes and dreams? And what do they think about this country they now call home? Many people forget that being a refugee is only a temporary classification – one stage in the journey to safety. It is not a permanent status but merely a label.

This project is about reminding people that refugees bring to a country much more then just the luggage on their back. Every individual within the resettled community also carries with them their own heritage that needs to be respected, protected and celebrated.

Nando Azevedo

This project invites the audience into new ways of seeing the world and celebrating human diversity in order to ultimately create a healthier refugee resettlement program in Aotearoa New Zealand.

In Auckland alone we can find an enormous variety of cultural backgrounds spanning from the plains of Africa to the middle-east and South east Asia. These images are concerned about highlighting the beauty and range of each one of those cultures in a unique way. We are interested in the conversion of all these cultures in Aotearoa New Zealand and what effects that will have for the future of that country's national identity.

By breaking barriers and bringing down stigmas around former refugees, there is a deeper understanding and acceptance of the new settlers in the country, making it easier for resettled communities to adapt to their new lives while holding on to their own cultural values. These images have helped the general New Zealand audience develop a deeper understanding about the challenges and beauties of the resettlement process.

Now it's your turn, keep the generosity wheel rolling

Please consider making a one-off or recurring donation to

Aotearoa Resettled Community Coalition

using the form below.

This story does not end here. Helping the

former refugees resettled in New Zealand

will require your action too.

After sharing this story and helping spread awareness about their plight, you can:

-Support The Aotearoa Resettled Community Coalition by making a donation using the form on this page.

-Support your local Refugee Resettlement agency. Google "Refugee Resettlement (insert your local area)"

-Be more accepting of different cultures and different ways of seeing the world.

-Employ a former refugee.

-Attend local resettled communities gatherings and celebrations.

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