A few weeks ago I sent out a request for photos on the theme of resilience. It is a word I’ve heard from hopeful abolitionists, determined safe house workers, and some trafficking survivors themselves. Resilience is an absolute necessity for survival. The following photos express this word in its various forms, and these photographers have done a beautiful job capturing its essence.
~Resilience in Phnom Penh, Submitted by Justin Gibson
~Daily Resilience, Submitted by Justin Gibson
~Resilience by nature, Submitted by Andrew Finlay
~Resilience in opportunity, Submitted by Sarah Wilson
~Resilience in the morning, Submitted by Michelle Brock
~Silent resilience, Submitted by Andrew McKenzie
- Did any of these photos resonate with you? Why?
- What do you think makes someone resilient?
- Do some cultures value resilience more than others?
- What would make someone less resilient?
- Why do you think resilience is specifically important for victims of trafficking?
Leave a comment below to be entered into a draw to win a signed copy of Invisible Chains: Canada’s Underground World of Human Trafficking by Benjamin Perrin! I will draw the name on Saturday Aug. 13th and let the winner know via email. Your comments can be about the pictures themselves, about resilience, your thoughts on trafficking etc. I will enter your name twice if you get some good discussion going!
A big thanks to our photographers: Justin Gibson (more of his work here), Andrew Finlay, Sarah Wilson, and Andrew McKenzie (more of his work here) for sending in your work! If any of our other readers are interested in sending in a submission for the next photo essay, let me know. To see our first photo essay, check out this one on Vulnerability.