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Living and surviving with a disability worldwide

Conflict and war cast long shadows. They leave behind them bodily and emotional damage. They steal lives, futures and hope. The exhibition Barrier:Zones follows the lives of people whose fortunes were shaped or determined by conflict. Some of the wars finished decades ago, others still claim new victims today. Those portrayed are people with disabilities, fighting to lead dignified lives, each and every day. In the Gaza Strip, in refugee camps, in Congo, in the Ukraine, in the villages of Uganda, Vietnam and Laos. But also as refugees in Germany and as victims of war trauma in the U.S. Their lives are zones of barriers. Some they have been able to overcome. Others will still require a lot of effort to surpass. Some stories are encouraging, others are saddening. But so says Till Mayer, journalist and photographer, they all have one thing in common: "They demand our respect." The author of the exhibition has, for many years, told the stories of people with disabilities in conflict and war zones. Many of the people portrayed in the exhibition were supported by Handicap International in their fight for a dignified life. Handicap International and Author Till Mayer would like to thank the portrayed for sharing their stories with him.

The portrays

Behind the pictures hide the stories of the portrayed and the barrier:zones which they surround.

Handicap International

Handicap International was founded in 1982 by two French doctors. In refugee camps in Thailand they came across 6,000 Cambodians with amputations and other severe war injuries, and who were close to completely cut off from any humanitarian assistance. Giving these people a long-term perspective by providing prosthetics and rehabilitation was what became the cornerstone of Handicap International’s work. Today, the international aid organisation is represented in about 60 countries, working on approximately 350 projects around prevention, rehabilitation and inclusion as well as the clearing of ordnances and risk education. Further, Handicap International campaigns for the rights of people with disabilities. The organisation is particularity active in promoting the international ban on mines and cluster bombs, as these weapons affect the lives of innocents even long after wars have ended. Handicap International is a founding member and chair of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997, and the Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC). In 2011, Handicap International received the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize for its humanitarian engagement, the most prestigious award in the field.

The Journalist and photographer Till Mayer

As journalist and photographer Till Mayer has been working closely with relief organisations in war and crisis regions for many years. In his work, he often focuses on the struggle of people with disabilities. In his home town, he established the readers’ campaign “Helfen macht Spaß” (“It’s Fun to Help”) that supports people in need in collaboration with charities. As a volunteer, he also supports elderly people in need in Lviv (Ukraine). He is employed as an editor at the daily newspaper “Obermain-Tagblatt”. As a freelance photographer and journalist, he takes photos and writes for numerous newspapers, magazines as well as for Spiegel Online. For his humanitarian Engagement his was repeatedly awarded.

Loan the exhibition

Please feel free to loan the photo exhibition from us and invite the author Till Mayer or our pedagogic referents to an event.

With the exception of a small contribution of 100 Euros, "Barrier:Zonen" remains free of charge for you due to the support of the „evangelischer kirchlicher Entwicklungsdienst“ and ENGAGEMENT GLOBAL with the financial support of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. For an accompanying lecture we ask for further 100 Euro. Should an overnight stay be necessary, we will charge a total of 250 Euro.


05.11.2021 - 14.11.2021: Camphill Gemeinschaft Hausenhof e.V.

06.09.2021 - 03.10.2021: Ulmer Friedenswochen

15.03.2021 - 30.04.2021: Inklusionsnetz Stadthagen

18.10.2020 - 15.11.2020: Friedenswochen Metzingen

05.09.2020 - 18.09.2020: Friedenswochen Ulm

11.03.2020 - 24.04.2020: Jack-Steinberger-Gymnasium Bad Kissingen

17.02.2020 - 09.03.2020: Konrad Groß Schule Nürnberg

10.01.2020 - 07.02.2020: Heinrich-Böll-Gymnasium Saalfeld

03.12.2019 - 09.12.2019: GIZ - Globalvorhaben Inklusion von Menschen mit Behinderungen

06.11.2019 - 27.11.2019: Lebenshilfe Peine-Burgdorf

05.09.2019 - 22.09.2019: Evangelische Kirche Essen-Rellinghausen

13.08.2019 - 30.09.2019: Akademie für Lehrerfortbildung und Personalführung, Dillingen/Donau (engl. Version)

28.06.2019 - 05.07.2019: Stadtbehindertenring Geislingen/ Steige

19.06.2019 - 23.06.2019: Kirchentag Dortmund

04.04.2019 - 03.05.3019: TU Dortmund (engl. Version)

01.04.2019 - 14.04.2019: Synagoge Kronach

01.03.2019 - 22.03.2019: B14 Nürnberg

08.02.2019 - 22.02.2019: Landratsamt Starnberg

10.01.2019 - 25.01.2019: WWG Bayreuth

21.09.2018 - 6.10.2018: Bürgermeisteramt Schallstadt

20.06.2018. - 17.08.2018: Weltladen Würzburg

10.06.2018 - 17.06.2018: Sophienkirche Berlin

03.05.2018: 35 Jahre Engagement weltweit - 20 Jahre Handicap International Deutschland, Künstlerhaus München

20.04.2018 - 27.04.2018: GrIStuF e.V. Greifswald (engl. Version)

11.04.2018 - 26.04.2018: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin / Foyer der Juristischen Fakultät

27.11.2017 - 15.12.2017: Montessori Gesamtschule Krefeld (engl. Version)

27.11.2017 - 15.12.2017: Stadt Karlsruhe

04.09.2017 - 30.09.2017: Käthe-Kollwitz-Gymnasium Zwickau

02.09.2017: Stadtfest EigenArt Zwickau

26.06.2017 - 26.07.2017:  Leonhard-Wagner-Gymnasium Schwabmünchen

24.06.2017: BRK-Bezirksverband Schwaben

27.05.2017 - 09.06.2017: DHBW Villingen-Schwenningen

22.05.2017 - 02.06.2017: Oskar-Sembach-Realschule, Lauf

12.05.2017 - 21.05.2017: The International Student Week, Ilmenau

30.03.2017 - 30.03.2017: Stiftungsfrühstück, München

01.04.2017 - 08.04.2017: Verden

12.03.2017  - 31.03.2017: Hochschule für Künste im Sozialen, Ottersberg

01.03.2017 - 09.03.2017: Rathaus Achim

13.02.2017 - 24.02.2017: Gymnasium Pegnitz

30.01.2017 - 10.02.2017: Christian-Sammet-Mittelschule, Pegnitz

21.12.2016 - 20.01.2017: Friedensmuseum Meeder

28.11.2016 - 12.12.2016: VHS Rosenheim

29.09.2016 - 13.11.2016: Dokumentationszentrum Zeiler Hexenturm

01.07.2016 - 25.08.2016: Stadtbücherei Grafing

14.06.2016 - 28.06.2016: Klinikum Lichtenfels

02.06.2016 - 10.06.2016: BR Rundfunk Foyer, München

09.05.2016 - 11.05.2016: Partizip e.V., Inklusion Erlebnismesse, Hannover

13.04.2016 - 04.05.2016: Universität Eichstätt

04.04.2016 - 06.04.2016: CSR Forum Ludwigsburg

31.03.2016 - 01.04.2016: Youth in Humanitarian Action, Berlin

11.02.2016 - 29.02.2016: Wirtschaftsschule Erlangen

07.01.2016 - 07.02.2016: Erwin-Hymer-Museum in Bad Waldsee

05.12.2015 - 31.12.2015: Akademie für Neue Medien - Kulmbach

01.12.2015: Social Impact Night, InterNations, Munich

14.10.2015 - 04.12.2015: Landratsamt Lichtenfels und angegliederte Schulen

09.10.2015 - 10.10.2015: Humanitarian Congress Berlin

25.09.2015 - 10.10.2015: Gasteig München

07.09.2015 - 11.09.2015: First Review Conference (1RC) to the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM), Dubrovnik, Kroatien

08.07.2015 - 19.08.2015: Lebenshilfe Sonthofen

08.06.2015 - 26.06.2015: Realschule Burgkunstadt und Gymnasium Burgkunstadt

18.05.2015 - 22.05.2015: Wirtschaftsschule Freising

17.04.2015 - 08.05.2015: Gemeinschaftshaus Langwasser, Nürnberg

23.02.2015 - 13.03.2015: Carl-Bosch-Schule, Heidelberg

26.01.2015 - 06.02.2015: Städtische Berufsschule für das Hotel-, Gaststätten- und Braugewerbe, München

10.01.2015 - 23.01.2015: Haus auf der Mauer, Jena - Bilder der Veranstaltung

20.11.2014 - 31.12.2014: Uni Bamberg, gemeinsam mit Bayerisches Rotes Kreuz - Kreisverband Bamberg - Bilder der Veranstaltung

10.11.2014 - 14.11.2014: Emil von Behring Gymnasium, Spardorf

13.10.2014: Anlässlich des GeschäftsführerInnen-Wechsels bei Handicap International, Münchner Künstlerhaus - Bilder der Veranstaltung

27.09.2014 - 17.10.2014: Akademie für politische Bildung Tutzing

24.09.2014: Stiftungsdialog, Haus des Stiftens, München