‘The Pursuit of Happiness’:
Portraits of Syrian refugees and IDP’s in Kurdistan, northern Iraq
The war in Syria is entering it’s 6th year. Neighbouring countries are struggling to cope with the immense stream of refugees. Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey offer shelter to an astounding 4,2 million refugees already. Food is scarce, as are safe and affordable places to sleep. Medical care is lacking and hundreds of thousands of children have not been able to go to school for years.
December 2015 VR Gorilla joined forces with Stichting Vluchteling and The International Rescue Committee (IRC) to record short virtual reality portraits of Syrian refugees and IDP’s (internally displaced people) in Kurdistan, northern Iraq. Each portrait tells the story of a person in search of happiness, which to them could be found in the most basic needs.