The Lost Men of Syria by Edward Jonkler

Conflict causes thousands of instances of displacement, both physical and mental. It is estimated that Syria’s ongoing civil war, which started in 2011, has displaced half the population—some 11 million people—with five million fleeing to other countries and six million in temporary settlements within Syria. It’s this community that photographer Edward Jonkler embedded himself within, travelling from desert camps in Syria to the European asylum centres where many seek help. In the camps, Jonkler sought out adult men as his subject, creating a moving series of images that depict what he calls the Lost Men of Syria. Displaced not only from their homes but from their jobs and the traditional, largely patriarchal culture in which they lived, Jonkler unveils a community struggling with mental health issues and the challenges of adapting to a new reality. Head along to the Saatchi Gallery to see the photographs for yourself.

The Lost Men of Syria by Edward Jonkler (July 19-August 9), The Education Room at the Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, London, SW3 4RY; @ejonkler

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