Silver 2019 / Editorial / Photo Essay

Lost Generation: The Forgotten Refugees

  • Prizes
    Silver in Editorial/Photo Essay
  • Photographer
    Yuki Iwamura

“Nobody wants to return to our country but we have to” Samir Dhaghistani, restaurant owner and one of the Syrian refugees in Lebanon, claims about his living condition under multiple governmental restrictions in Lebanon. After 8 years of civil war, 13.5 million Syrians requiring humanitarian assistance, of which around 5 million are refugee outside of the country. In fact, the situation is creating a Lost Generation, people with poverty, child labor, and early marriage. “Lost Generation: The Forgotten Refugees” is the on-going photo story to show the plight of the lost generation.

Yuki Iwamura is a photographer born and raised in Nagano, Japan. After he moved to Los Angeles at the age of 18 to study Sociology at Santa Monica College, he began his career as a freelance photojournalist for Yahoo! Japan. He has produced stories about undocumented immigrants in LA. He is working on a story about Syrian refugees living in Amman, Jordan and Tripoli, Lebanon. Both projects have published on Yahoo! Japan News, thepage.jp in Japan. He is currently a student of Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism program at the International Center of Photography in New York.