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Issue 2  2016-2017 - Issue 1 2016-2017

New Board Members sworn in at Board of Education meeting

  

Leonia Student Presents Syrian Refugee Photography Exhibition in Washington DC

On December 2, 2016, Leonia High School Senior Sinem Oguz presented her photo exhibit, On the Border: Syrian Women and Children, during a discussion panel at NYU’s satellite campus in Washington DC. The collection features images from the Syrian Refugee camp in Akcakale, Turkey and focuses on resilience of childhood innocence in the face of ongoing conflict.

As a young woman of Turkish descent, Sinem has remained acutely aware of the Syrian Civil War’s impact back home. Last year, Turkey’s National Disaster Response Program (AFAD) approved Sinem’s request for access to specific refugee sites. On the Border chronicles Sinem’s experiences in Akcakale and provides a human connection to a conflict half a world away. Sinem’s visit included a helicopter tour of the entire camp and visits with a number of families in the camp.
The NYU panel is the fourth time Sinem’s exhibition has been showcased since 2015. Sinem has expressed immense joy in being able to use her hobby to make a difference. Sinem is currently enrolled in the Leonia Academy of Science and is considering a future in Doctors Without Borders to combine her prospective career in medicine with her passion for activism.