Working in partnership with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), seven Panos Pictures photographers asked refugees and survivors of disaster in seven communities across the globe what home means to them.

On Solid Ground tells the stories of those starting afresh in unfamiliar cities, rebuilding homes they were forced to abandon decades before, or embracing new means of survival in the face of crisis.

A global leader in humanitarian assistance for nearly 80 years, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) works in more than 40 countries offering help and hope to refugees and others uprooted by disaster, conflict and oppression. The IRC is developing new approaches to respond to the needs of refugees in towns and cities who face exploitation and are often hidden from those who are trying to help. A tireless advocate for the most vulnerable, the IRC is committed to restoring hope, dignity and opportunity.

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The making of On Solid Ground
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The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department’s (ECHO) main mission is to fund the delivery of assistance to people affected by natural and man-made disasters around the globe regardless of their nationality, religion, gender, ethnic origin or political affiliation. Every year this assistance reaches tens of millions of the world’s most vulnerable people, including refugees, by providing food, shelter, water and other forms of life-saving assistance. Together with the support provided by the EU Member States, the European Union is the world’s leading humanitarian donor.

Panos Pictures is an independent photo agency specialising in documentary photography. Its network of photographers from around the world provide contemporary perspectives on social and global issues.

Your WorldView is a platform showcasing short films from around the world whilst providing funding and opportunities for global filmmakers.Your WorldView has provided additional support to the filmmakers involved in On Solid Ground.

International Rescue Committee

The European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO)

Panos Pictures


Chris de Bode
Matias Costa
Shiho Fukada
Adam Patterson
Espen Rasmussen
Sven Torfinn
Abbie Trayler-Smith

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