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The Stranger Series Project


“We hope that our photos will change people’s negative perceptions about us. People think that we only came to steal their lives and jobs. We came to live, to learn, to work and to help.” 

Joudy Aldabbas, Young Citizen’s ambassador


Coram’s Young Citizens is a voluntary ambassador programme for 16-25 year olds from migrant and refugee backgrounds. The group work together to shape projects tackling issues facing migrant children and young people today.

This year they partnered with professional photographer Arteh Odjidja on his portrait-based series Strangers. Over a number of workshops Arteh supported the young people to develop their photography skills and refine their unique creative voices.

This film features the final day of the project when the Young Citizens met inspirational change-makers from migrant backgrounds: Bisi Alimi; Shahd Abusalama; and Gulwali Passarlay. They heard their stories, shared their hopes for change and captured their portraits on camera.

The project aims to challenge discrimination and negative stereotypes by championing the contributions of young migrants. Through their photos they showcase their desire to make a difference to their own lives and the lives of others.

Thanks to the Queen’s Trust and Leica Camera UK for their support.

Watch more on the project here

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