Portraits in Displacement Camps, Nepal

“My photographic work documenting women’s social issues, education and empowerment led me to the post-earthquake displacement camps of Kathmandu and Dhading, Nepal. Invited into these camps initially through work I was doing for Aura Freedom International (visually documenting their Female Friendly Space and programs for women and children displaced after losing their homes to the April 2015 earthquake), I was immediately moved by the women’s circumstances and found myself wanted to know more about their individual stories. Through multiple visits, I was honoured to spend intimate moments with many of the women in the camps as they invited me into their temporary tents, sheltered made of wood, tarps and tin. While the details of each of their stories differed, what moved me was each woman’s energy of resilience in the face of harrowing circumstance. Their homes were destroyed, many had lost family members, and each had been left in a state of utter uncertainty for the future amidst the absence of help from the Nepalese government. It is my intention to use my photography in service to organisations and initiatives working to create sustainable change in areas of women’s rights, education and empowerment, and for my work to inspire viewers towards both contemplation and action on behalf of these women.”

Mandy Glinsbockel is a documentary and portrait photographer from Canada. 

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  1. Hi! I am a student in Masters of Architecture from the National University of Singapore.

    I’m working on my thesis project on displacement sites in Kathmandu and your photo essay interests me. Are there more photos and stories from the people in these camps? How were the conditions like when you visited the camps, and when was it that you visited them? Would you know how many are still displaced? And why are they still in Kathmandu, besides reasons like their villages being destroyed or unstable, could it be also due to some of them wanting to remain in Kathmandu?

    Best Regards

    • Hi Osh, thanks for getting in touch. It might be best to get in touch with Mandy directly as she visited the camps. The link to her website is in the article.

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