Altair Guimarães

From Aleppo to Melilla: Raed's Story

Meet Raed. Raed had been a mathematics student in Aleppo, Syria until the conflict made studying at the university impossible. He fled to Turkey, with hopes of continuing on to Europe and completing his education. We met Raed in the Spanish enclave Melilla, on the northern coast of Africa, where he is waiting in an overcrowded transit camp. After two years of living in Turkey he can now see Europe, just across the Mediterranean Sea. He is waiting for his paperwork, then he will be put on a ferry and sent to Spain to start his new life. Ten million people have been forced to flee their homes since the conflict in Syria began. Fewer than 150,000 Syrians have been granted asylum in Europe.

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The Resilience of Children

The future of our communities lies in protecting our most vulnerable yet most resilient members: our children. But often, children are the first victims of war and poverty. Many face horrifying events and live with the trauma for the rest of their lives. Despite this, some children survive these events to become leaders of their communities and voices for peace.

Storytelling Across the Globe

Virtual reality experiences, comic books, and architectural mapping are all forms of storytelling being used by artists and activists around the world to raise awareness of social problems. From calling out sexual assault in India to documenting war crimes in Gaza, these modes of communication are connecting people to issues across the world.

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Taboo Health Issues

Many communities around the world see disease and mental illness not as something to be treated, but as something to be feared. As a result, many suffering from curable conditions are stigmatized within their communities. But through education and organizing, some people are challenging these stigmas and addressing previously taboo health issues.

Green at What Price?

In the name of environmental restoration, the Ugandan government is expanding the country’s forest reserves in order to sell into the global carbon credit market. But this program comes at a high human cost as the state is displacing long established villages, forcing people to relocate, and jailing those opposing the program.

One Man, One City, Three Evictions

Rio de Janeiro has experienced several waves of development in the past century. For Altair Guimaraes the changes have affected him directly. Brought up in a favela, he has been evicted three times as a result of Rio’s developments. As Brazil tries to gain global recognition and increase tourism, locals like Altair are forced to relocate despite property titles. Now, their struggles are becoming a symbol of a global phenomenon.