Vlad Sokhin

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

A Polaroid image of people in Haus Ruth refuge. I kept coming to Haus Ruth again and again, almost on every visit to Papua New Guinea. This refuge centre is located near the famous Ela Beach, where families usually go for weekends. From the barbed wire fence, through the iron bars on the windows, women and children survivors can watch how people barbecue, how kids play in the water... But behind the well-guarded walls of the refuge, victims and survivors still live in fear despite being considered the 'lucky ones' - those who managed to escape the violence and receive a temporally shelter. They tell me horrible stories of their lives, stories that you would never imagine in your worst nightmare. They share all their pain with a complete stranger with a camera, hoping that somehow I can help them. Every time I leave Haus Ruth, I am devastated. I know that not all the stories that they shared with me will be published. Some editors will find them too shocking and the photos too graphic.
Photographer Vlad Sokhin says: 'With words and Polaroid images I kept a record of my thoughts and impressions, writing down dialogues with victims and perpetrators, and otherwise capturing the moments and events that surrounded me every day'.

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Object Name
Vlad Sokhin
Port Moresby
Papua New Guinea
Not for sale in Germany and German speaking countries and Russia.
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4680 x 3120 pixels
39.62 x 26.42 cm (300 dpi)
15.6 x 10.4 inch (300 dpi)
2.4 MB size on disk
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