Thousands of children fleeing the war in the Middle East reach Greece every day; children overwhelmed by hardship that often amounts to outright abuse. In 2014, 5000 unaccompanied minors crossed the borders into Greece. The UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) decrees that they should be housed in special facilities for children with access to food and education, where they will be allowed to experience and enjoy a good childhood. Due to limited public resources and understaffed agencies, public assistance and care is provided only to a few hundred children.
Detour, a photography exhibition organized by 10AM and art directed by Dapper Dan magazine, is aiming to raise public awareness of the plight of those children and collect funds for their support. Through their images, a number of photographers share their personal perception of what constitutes a detour: a voyage that changes course unexpectedly and returns to a path leading to freedom; a luminous horizon full of dreams, opportunities and hope. All proceeds from the sales of the photographs, as well as the exhibition’s catalogue, will be donated to support the goals of the Society for the Care of Minors. The Society was founded in 1924 thanks to private donations, primarily by Greek benefactor Emmanuel Benakis. To fulfil its purposes, the Society operates a guesthouse called the Unaccompanied Minors Centre. Today the UMC provides care and support for 17 unaccompanied minors from countries torn by war and natural disasters.
When we make contributions for the welfare of children, we are in effect working for the future of this world.