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Saturday, 29 June, 2002, 13:38 GMT 14:38 UK
Refugees' snapshot of life in UK
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Life in London through the eyes of a refugee
An exhibition of photographs promises to challenge the negative image of refugees in the UK.

The photographs taken by young people who are refugees themselves aims to show what life is really like for refugees in London.

Many of the teenagers, all aged between 12 and 18, arrived in the UK unaccompanied and their pictures help tell the story of how they're coping with life in the big city.

The exhibition is at the Old Spitalfields Market in London - but will tour the country later this year.

The group of refugees, from all over the world, made their own way to the UK but went on an intensive three month photography course part sponsored by the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.

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One photographer, Bajram from Serbia, said: "I came here to make my dream. I want to be a cameraman but I could not do this in my country because of the fighting."

The photographs range from scenes of London to portraits of the refugees or people they see around them.

Project co-ordinator Tiffany Fairey said: "In the UK we hear so much about refugees, all of it negative.

"We do not get to hear the personal stories."

The exhibition is at the Spitz Gallery, 109 Commercial Street, Old Spitalfields Market, London, E1 from 1200 to 1700 BST until Sunday.

It will tour the country from October.


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