Voices From The Camp

“No one wants to be refugee, but the situation made us refugees“

In spring of 2021, a collaboration was initiated between two photo collectives, one in Sweden and one in the Cox Bazaar refugee camp in Bangladesh, which has now resulted in a contribution to the exhibition on genocide at the Multicultural Center (MKC) in Fittja, Sweden. A total of 13 young local photographers from the refugee camp have contributed to the project with their photographs that displays an harsh reality, but also the daily life in the camp.


The refugee camp in Cox’s Bazaar is located in Bangladesh and according to the UN is hosting about 800 000 Rohingya refugees who have fled unrest in neighbouring Myanmar over the past several years.


The Rohingya people is one of the world’s most persecuted ethnic groups. More than one million have fled across the Myanmar border to crowded refugee camps in Bangladesh after they experienced horrendous abuses during the Myanmar military’s ‘clearance operations’ in 2017. Because of these atrocities, Myanmar is also facing charges for genocide before the International Criminal Court.


Because young voices matter! In line with the global agenda youth4peace and UN resolution 2250, FPC wants to empower youth to become custodians of their own narrative. FPC creates an interactive platform for reflection on contemporary questions of peace and conflict through creative and documentary photography.

1. Workshop

The Workshop

In early 2021, Fallckolm conducted, under SDGI Consulting - Sweden, a workshop organized by Rohingyatography in Cox Bazar. The workshop was based on two of the modules from his online training called “Basic Photography for Peace, Security and Development Monitoring”. It was delivered to a number of young aspiring Rohingya photographers living in Cox Bazar.

2. Photo Essay

The Photo Essay

Following the workshop, Rohighyatography was invited to collect a number of photos taken by the photographers. This resulted in a photo essay which was written by Rohingyatography and FPC. FPC is providing a platform for them to tell their stories from the camp. Their photos are very personal and driven by a motivation to convey stories that reflect all aspects of daily life and reality in the camp.

3. Exhibition

The Exhibition

During 2020 The Multicultural Centre (MKC) in Fittja began collecting stories from inhabitants of Botkyrka. With focus on genocide and crimes against humanity, they wanted to provide a space for contemporary stories from the 20th century up until today. MKC invited the public to share experiences of genocide or crimes against humanity, or the experiences of friends and families. FPC and Rohingyatography submitted the photos and the voices from the camp.

See the photos and the essay in the FPC virtual gallery.

Follow the project

Use the hashtags #ÄgDinBerättelse, #ReclaimTheNarrative, #Youth4Peace

Project Partners

Meet the FPC Project Team


Photo by Miguel Herranz

Sofia Zitouni

When I grew up I was driven by a dream. A dream to make a difference. I wanted to work for the UN. I grew up in a suburb in the outskirts of Stockholm where there were not many prospects for dreaming but I knew I wanted more. When I was 19 years old I went to Egypt against all odds. I fell in love and stayed for 3 years. Little did I know this was the beginning of my long journey living and working abroad getting to meet fantastic people and leaving parts of my heart around the world. Since then I have lived and worked in Palestine, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Egypt and Bosnia. Mainly with development aid. I early on loved taking pictures. I wanted to tell a story of the people I saw. Many like me feel a bit lost when returning back "home" with lots of stories to tell. I wanted to create a forum where we can inspire each other to do so through our passion for photos and the work we do. When living abroad especially in conflict zones it is difficult talk about what you experience and I believe that pictures can tell more than a million words which helps when there are no words just emotions which is difficult for others to understand. I have taken most of my photos with my iPhone which I think has become a more acceptable tool to use. I try to take pictures that convey a positive message in a difficult environment or a situation. 

Sofia Zitouni

Magdalena Vogt

I have always been fascinated by stories. When I grew up, my father used to spend hours by my bedside, making up stories about characters from all over the world – of good and evil, bravery, life and death. Sometimes we would also have visitors who told us amazing tales from far away countries. These stories had a deep impact on me.

When I grew up I started traveling, and then working abroad – in Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. Meanwhile I would also write: articles, chronicles and later on fiction. However. It’s not until recently that I have discovered what a powerful storytelling-tool photography can be. Not only has my camera opened up doors to people and places that I would have never seen otherwise, but it’s also become an important way for me to share these realities and stories.

Magdalena Vogt

Fallckolm Cuenca

“Since 2003, when I bought my first Digital SLR, I have worked for the UN, EU and various NGOs. My work has taken me to the Middle East, Latin America, Central and Eastern Asia, Western Africa as well as the Caucasus. The camera has not only been a creative outlet but also an increasingly important companion in a perceived need to keep the world close. Most importantly, photography has become an excellent vehicle for documenting the things I feel strongly about - my development and humanitarian work.”

Fallckolm has over 15 years of experience in international peace, security and development cooperation. He has worked with both the UN, EU and Folke Bernadotte Academy (the Swedish agency for peace and security) in countries such as Afghanistan, Senegal, Georgia and Myanmar. He is also the co-founder of FPC and founder of Sustainable Development Group International and SDGI Consulting - Sweden where he has developed a Photography Training for Peace, Security and Development Monitoring. He is a Leica Fotografie International featured photographer. Read more on his website.

Fallckolm Cuenca

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