Nesser Photo Exhibit Tells Stories of Refugees

ST. LOUIS (SEPT. 24, 2015) – Stories of refugee life in photos: Homeless villagers waiting for donated food outside a Hindu temple in Rangoon, Burma; a young father and child riding on a train full of Burmese soldiers; a man in a refugee camp on the Thai/Shan border walking his pig; young, novice monks learning to read and write in an orphanage in Shan State, Burma; the oldest living survivor of the move from a desolate village to the refugee camp in Kong Jor clutching a cane.

These are among the images of the exhibit, “Refugee: Ten Years Along the Thai-Burma Border,” on display at the May Gallery.image of oldest living refugee camp survivor Thai/Burma border

Photographer, social entrepreneur, and School of Communications alumna Lisa Nesser will speak about her exhibit and about her human rights work Friday, Sept. 25 at 3 p.m. in the Sverdrup Bldg, room 123. A reception is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the May Gallery.

Nesser has lived and worked in Thailand for the last 10 years. She is the founder and executive director of Thai Freedom House. It is a nonprofit community language and arts learning center for Burmese refugees and minority groups in Thailand. She also owns Free Bird Cafe, a vegetarian/vegan restaurant and community resource center.

An animal rights activist and volunteer since the age of 12, Nesser has been working for social change most of her life. She is a self-proclaimed defender of social justice and human rights who has been organizing international refugee services for nearly 20 years. Her photos not only capture stories of refugee life, they capture stories of her life’s work.

Friday, Sept. 25 is the final day to see “Refugee: Ten Years Along the Thai-Burma Border,” by Lisa Nesser at the May Gallery.

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