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Event: Security on the move: Exhibition launch and panel discussion

This photograph was taken by Yasiin, one of the participants of the Security on the Move research project in Bosasso city and will be part of the exhibition. © 2018 Durham University

The Arch at the Africa Centre

66 Great Suffolk Street



14/03/2019 - 15:00 to 17:00

Large scale migration and forced displacement are among the most dramatic consequences of war and political instability. In the research project ‘Security on the Move’, forty people who have been displaced to cities took pictures to document their experiences and everyday lives. An exhibition of these images and the photographers' testimonies will be launched on 14 March 2019. The event is free but registration for the launch is required through Eventbrite.

Launch event programme 

  • Introduction of the research project and presentations of the main findings
  • Guided tour through the exhibition. Visitors can explore the exhibition and talk to the researchers
  • Panel discussion featuring humanitarian practioners and policy makers dealing with challenges of rapid urbanisation and migration.

There will be opportunities for the audience to ask questions and engage with the panelists and the research team.

*Although this launch event will take place between 3-5pm, the exhibition is open to the public from 12-3pm and 5-7pm (no RSVP necessary)

Project background

The ‘Security on the Move’ project is conducted by the Durham Global Security Institute at Durham University, Noragric at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, and the Somali civil society organisation SOWELPA, in collaboration with UNHabitat. For this research, interviews were conducted with 120 displaced people in the cities of Baidoa, Bosaaso, Hargeisa and Mogadishu. Forty internally displaced people were trained and equipped to take photographs that document their everyday lives in order to present their perspectives on security and urbanisation across these cities.

All exhibited photographs were taken by displaced people who have participated in the project. Public exhibitions and discussions have already been held in the four Somali project cities in January 2019. These are now being following with exhibitions in Oslo, London and Nairobi.

Project funded by Department of International Development (DFID), UK and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), UK