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Emmaus Doboj, Bosnia

Emmaus is an independent organization founded in France by Abbé Pierre in 1949 which tackles social exclusion through community living. Communities range from a house for victims of human trafficking in Sarajevo to an apple farm in Belgium.

Emmaus does not offer charity, it requires people to take charge of their lives and work to help fund the community on their ecological projects. It offers people a new start, a family, a bed and a reason to get out of it.

‘Faced with all human suffering according to your capabilities seek not only to alleviate it without delay but also to root out and destroy its causes’ — Abbé Pierre

Emmaus Sarajevo, Bosnia
Emmaus Sarajevo, Bosnia
Emmaus Portslade, England
Emmaus Doboj, Bosnia
Emmaus Sarajevo, Bosnia
Emmaus Sarajevo, Bosnia

‘It is very simple to make things difficult and very difficult to make things simple’ — Amile, La poudriere, Belguim

Emmaus Fiesso Umbertiano, Italy
Emmaus Fiesso Umbertiano, Italy
Emmaus Fiesso Umbertiano, Italy
Emmaus Fiesso Umbertiano, Italy
Emmaus Fiesso Umbertiano, Italy

‘utopias are much more realistic than many certitudes’ — Emmaus Köln, Germany 2007

Emmaus Portslade, England
Emmaus Portslade, England
Emmaus Portslade, England
Emmaus Portslade, England
Emmaus Portslade, England
Emmaus Portslade, England
Emmaus Langeweg, Holland

‘The community offers a direction without defining the destination’ — Emmaus Neuilly Plaisance, France 2007

Emmaus Utrecht, Holland
Emmaus La Poudrière, Belguim
Emmaus Langeweg, Holland
'Abbé Pierre' Alforville, France

The series of photographs were compiled whilst living in and working alongside Emmaus community companions (residents) in Germany, Belgium, England, France, and Holland, Italy and Bosnia.

‘With Others’ exhibtions — In 2008 Liz Hingley curated a series of four exhibitions of the Emmaus work with sound, furniture and fashion and held creative workshops around the UK.