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UN and OCHA launch ‘One Day, I Will’ virtual exhibit showcasing the hopes and dreams of children trapped in crises

16 Nov 2020

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"I just want a career that lets me be independent. It's pretty simple really: I want to be in charge of my own life and not have anyone else make decisions for me," says Sarita, from Nepal, in the virtual exhibition. Credit: One Day, I Will by Vincent Tremeau, presented by OCHA

Ahead of World Children’s Day on 20 November, the United Nations, together with OCHA, today launched One Day, I Will, a poignant virtual exhibit that illustrates the hopes and dreams of children trapped in humanitarian crises.

Combining an artistic approach with documentary purpose, the images in the virtual exhibition are a testimony to the vulnerability, resilience and creativity of today’s youth and how they can shape the future.

All aged between 6 and 18 years old, the youth featured in the exhibit have dressed up to show who they want to be when they grow up, using costumes and props from their immediate surroundings. By tapping into each child’s vision for the future, photographer Vincent Tremeau provides a unique glimpse into their current circumstances and challenges.

Mark Lowcock, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Response Coordinator, notes that: “These photographs highlight the crucial role of education for children in humanitarian crises. They show that even in the world’s most desperate situations, children have hope, strength and determination to bring about change.”

One person in 18 is currently caught up in a humanitarian crisis. These crises can be caused by conflict, natural disasters or, as is the case right now, a global pandemic. Around the world, more than 258 million people need humanitarian assistance just to survive.