Photographer Outi Neuvonen's photo exhibition on climate change and refugees is available on the Finnish Refugee Council’s website. The photo exhibition was to be on display at the University of Turku during the Week against racism, but the event had to be cancelled due to the corona.
Photographer Outi Neuvonen travelled to Uganda in the autumn of 2019 to study the connection between the environment, climate and refugees through photography. The Photo Exhibition Climate Change and Refugees highlights refugees’ experiences of the impact of climate change on their daily lives. The exhibition produced by the Finnish Refugee Council can be viewed via a link on the Finnish Refugee Council website.
Climate change threatens the daily survival of many people in the equatorial region. Although Africa produces less than 4% of global CO2 emissions, extreme weather events, worsened by climate change, are having an exceptionally strong impact on the continent. Agriculture and other nature-based industries have already become impossible in some areas due to unpredictable climatic conditions.
Climate change is having a particularly strong impact on those already living in a challenging situation, such as refugees. The photo exhibition illustrates the effects of extreme weather events in the daily lives of three Ugandan refugee settlements. Nakivale, Kyangwali and Adjumani are located hundreds of kilometres apart across Uganda, but the climate crisis is affecting the lives of every refugee in populated areas.