Hilaneh Mahmoudi

Afghan Refugees
Location: Istanbul
Nationality: Iranian
Biography: Born in Tehran, Hilaneh Mahmoudi has degrees in mathematics and education from Azad University in Iran and York University in Canada. She has worked as a photographer on commissions by international NGOs in social and developmental projects... read on
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Afghan Refugees

The Afghan refugees residing in Iran and neighbouring countries are in need of urgent help and support.  

Iran has hosted more than three million refugees for the past 40 years.  About half of them have papers and can benefit from healthcare plans and have (mainly labour) jobs.  The other half live in complete poverty and very difficult conditions.  

The Iranian government along with the efforts of several NGOs and UNHCR have made many positive changes to improve the conditions under which Refugees live and continue to do so.  However with the economic situation of the country the sanctions and the unstable nature of the region, the Afghan refugee community remain in desperate need of out side help and cooperation. 

Many families have left Iran and took refuge in Europe and Turkey the past years.  Unfortunately, as the worldwide refugee crisis is on the raise, many of them have been deported back to Afghanistan.   Some of them have never been to Afghanistan, and the others are sent back to a country from which they escaped in hopes of a better future.  


By Hilaneh Mahmoudi —


Face to face with covid19

By Hilaneh Mahmoudi / Istanbul, Turkey — This is the pod cast and photo essay about my journey through covid 19 recovery.  (Possible to listen..

Myanmar, Reflection on a Reverie

By Hilaneh Mahmoudi — I stand in front of the sea, in the middle of the fishing village of Jaketaw in Ngapali, watching local..

Street Portraits

By Hilaneh Mahmoudi — Ever since I was a child, I've been drawn in to the gaze of people, wether stranger or not, to the..

Townships of Cape Town

By Visura — These images were taken in August of 2017 in 2 of the biggest townships of Cape Town, South Africa...

Nepal Water Struggle

By Visura — I was in Nepal November of 2017, to document the work of IRHA, a Swiss NGO working in the field of rain..

Refugee Children in Istanbul

By Hilaneh Mahmoudi — As the Syrian war began and the inevitable crisis of refugees pouring in to turkey started, many NGOs and..
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