This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.
Majd Taby was born and raised in Aleppo, Syria and immigrated to the United States in 2003 at the age of 15. He has kept in touch with his family and friends over summer trips to Syria until the war started in 2011. His relationship to the war and its reality has always been distant, both geographically and emotionally. Over time as the conflict intensified, the refugee crisis swelled. The places that defined his childhood were broadcast on international media in ruins. The stories he read and watched in the news became personal. An urge to do something kept building. Given his fluency in Arabic and his career in engineering, design, and photography, he found myself in a unique position to take some time to give a megaphone to people who need it now more than ever, but he wasn’t sure what form that would take.
He wants to shine a more human and personal light onto the historic migration of Syrians into Europe. Using intimate photography and storytelling to humanize the refugees, they want to generate empathy, and a deeper understanding of the crisis. They will be focusing on the motivations behind their migration, the reality and life they’ve left behind, and the minutiae of the journey. How do they communicate? How do they ensure their own safety? When they arrive at the destination countries (Germany, Austria, Sweden, and Norway), they will look at how they’re integrating into their adopted nations. An explicit non-goal of the project is to capture the macro story. Plenty of journalists are in the field reporting on what is happening. They want to capture who it’s happening to and how it’s affecting them. Sara and him will interview and photograph Syrians as they embark, travel, and reach their destinations. Their stories will be intermixed with locals to add context and balance to the story.
As of September 28th, this project has raised around $13,000 of their $20,000 goal. This project only has 15 days left to raise the $20,000 or it will not be funded! For a pledge of $25, you will get one 8×12 print from their project. For a pledge of $55, you will get one copy of the Displaced book. To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1093122046/displaced-stories-from-the-syrian-diaspora?