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Life with no home: portraits of a Syrian refugee camp

Image: Christoph von Toggenburg

Henry Taylor
Previously, Lead, Product and Innovation, Digital media, World Economic Forum Geneva
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In the world we are living in today, 55 million people are displaced. This is the highest number recorded since the Second World War.

It is estimated that 6.6 million Syrians are internally displaced and another 4.8 million are displaced outside the country. Many are in Lebanon, living in informal camps or with friends and relatives. Another 2.7 million are in Turkey. By comparison, only 12,000 are in Switzerland, and 3,100 in the United States.

The images in this series were taken on Easter Sunday in various camps on the Syrian border, by Christoph von Toggenburg, a Global Leadership Fellow at the World Economic Forum.

Each encounter unveiled another story of a lost home, of uncertainty, of despair, but also of hope.

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