HUFFINGTON POST
08/19/2016 03:55 pm ET Updated Nov 29, 2016

Children From Crisis-Affected Countries Dress Up For Their Dream Jobs In Powerful Photo Series

"I would like to become a lawyer so I can defend people’­s rights."
"When I grow up, I will be a photographer." -- Mustafa, from Central African Republic
Vincent Tremeau, 2014
"When I grow up, I will be a photographer." -- Mustafa, from Central African Republic

In a powerful photo collection put together by UNOCHA, the United Nations’ humanitarian affairs organization, children from crisis-affected nations around the world explore their hopes and dreams in celebration of World Humanitarian Day Friday.

Today, a record 130 million people depend on the U.N. and its partner organizations for humanitarian support globally, due to conflict and disasters. Children in affected areas are especially vulnerable to the dangerous consequences of violence, war and poverty.

Aptly titled “When I Grow Up,” UNOCHA’s project features the work of photographers Vincent Tremeau and Meredith Hutchison, who spent two years interviewing children aged six to 18 to learn about their unique aspirations. Tremeau focused on youth in different parts of Africa, while Hutchison talked to young Syrian refugees living in Jordan. Both regions are afflicted by crises that often compromise children’s human rights. 

“€œEver since we studied the solar system in primary school, I have wanted to be an astronaut,” said Haja, a Syrian refugee girl who was photographed wearing a white spacesuit in Jordan. “I love being an astronaut because it lets me see the world from a new angle.”

While some of the children’s career ambitions were fostered by curiosity and excitement, others were spawned from heartbreak and tragedy. Michael, a young boy in Sierra Leone, dreams of healing sick people like doctors did when he was ill. He lost 26 family members to Ebola, including both of his parents and multiple siblings.

“Today, the scale of human suffering is greater than at any time since the United Nations was founded,” U.N. Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, noted in a press release. “On World Humanitarian Day, let us all recommit to humanity and ask what we can each do to make a difference.”

Take a look at these incredibly powerful photos, which will be displayed in the DUMBO district of Brooklyn, New York, until October 21.

  • <strong>Aicha, Niger,&nbsp;future lawyer</strong>: "I come from Damassak in Nigeria. I would like to become a lawyer so I can
    Vincent Tremeau, 2016
    Aicha, Niger, future lawyer: "I come from Damassak in Nigeria. I would like to become a lawyer so I can defend people'­s rights. I was born with a disability, but I tend to forget about my handicap because I want to achieve my goal in life. I have been a refugee in Niger for eight months now. I am happy here."
  • <strong>Aladi, Central African Republic, future diamond miner:</strong> "One day, I want to be a diamond collector."
    Vincent Tremeau, 2014
    Aladi, Central African Republic, future diamond miner: "One day, I want to be a diamond collector."
  • <strong>Fatima, Jordan, future architect:</strong> "I'€™ve always wanted to be an architect. Yet, when I was young, people to
    Meredith Hutchinson, 2015
    Fatima, Jordan, future architect: "I'€™ve always wanted to be an architect. Yet, when I was young, people told me that this is not something a woman could achieve, and they encouraged me to pursue a more feminine profession. But I dreamt constantly of making beautiful homes for families and designing buildings that bring people joy. I hope I will be a model for other girls, showing them that you should never give up on your dream no matter what others say."
  • <strong>Haja, Jordan,&nbsp;future astronaut:</strong>&nbsp;"€œEver since we studied the solar system in primary school, I hav
    Meredith Hutchinson, 2015
    Haja, Jordan, future astronaut: "€œEver since we studied the solar system in primary school, I have wanted to be an astronaut. I would imagine myself up in the sky discovering new things. I love being an astronaut because it lets me see the world from a new angle. Many people told me a girl can'€™t become an astronaut. I would tell young girls to not be afraid, to talk to their parents about what they want and why, to always be confident and know where you want to go."
  • <strong>Chaibou, Central African Republic,&nbsp;future pilot:</strong>&nbsp;"One day, I want to be a pilot."
    Vincent Tremeau, 2014
    Chaibou, Central African Republic, future pilot: "One day, I want to be a pilot."
  • <strong>Amadou, Central African Republic,&nbsp;future herder:</strong>&nbsp;"One day, I will be a herder like my father used
    Vincent Tremeau, 2014
    Amadou, Central African Republic, future herder: "One day, I will be a herder like my father used to be."
  • <strong>Elodi, Democratic Republic of the Congo,&nbsp;future politician:</strong>&nbsp;&ldquo;One day, I will be a politician
    Vincent Tremeau, 2015
    Elodi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, future politician: “One day, I will be a politician and I will advocate for paved roads and two-story houses.”
  • <strong>Chandi, Democratic Republic of the Congo,&nbsp;future basket weaver:</strong>&nbsp;"I would like to learn how to make
    Vincent Tremeau, 2015
    Chandi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, future basket weaver: "I would like to learn how to make baskets because it will help me, my future children and my little brothers and sisters."
  • <strong>Diem, Democratic Republic of the Congo,&nbsp;future mason:</strong>&nbsp;&ldquo;One day, I will be a good mason, like
    Vincent Tremeau, 2015
    Diem, Democratic Republic of the Congo, future mason: “One day, I will be a good mason, like my father. When the militia came to my village, they took away my mother and killed her. We fled with my father. I would like to be a mason to build brick houses. Our house for now is made of mud, but we will soon start to make it better. A brick house will enable us to sleep well at night. In our house, with the straw, there is seepage and we are always disturbed by it.”
  • <strong>David, Mali,&nbsp;future president:</strong>&nbsp;"I want to be the president of Mali because it is a good job and al
    Vincent Tremeau, 2015
    David, Mali, future president: "I want to be the president of Mali because it is a good job and also there is a lot of money in it. I would work well for my country."
  • <strong>Sakima, Niger,&nbsp;future teacher:</strong>&nbsp;"My father told me that later I will be a teacher like him. I would
    Vincent Tremeau, 2015
    Sakima, Niger, future teacher: "My father told me that later I will be a teacher like him. I would like to teach to third grade children because I understood everything the teacher taught us."
  • <strong>Fatima, Jordan,&nbsp;future surgeon:</strong>&nbsp;"In this image, I am examining an X-ray of a patient to see what i
    Meredith Hutchinson, 2015
    Fatima, Jordan, future surgeon: "In this image, I am examining an X-ray of a patient to see what is causing the pain in her chest. I treat many patients, but the patient I care most about - the one that drove me to be a doctor - is my father, who has lots of medical issues. To be able to help my father, this makes me feel strong, powerful and capable."
  • <strong>Francoise, Democratic Republic of the Congo,&nbsp;future nurse:</strong>&nbsp;"I am 15 years old and I have a child n
    Vincent Tremeau, 2014
    Francoise, Democratic Republic of the Congo, future nurse: "I am 15 years old and I have a child named Chance. He is one year old. When I go to school, I am not ashamed of anything. But others cannot understand why I am a student while I already have a child. I tell them that if I study, it is precisely because I want to help my child."
  • <strong>Fatima, Jordan,&nbsp;future teacher:</strong>&nbsp;"€œIn this image, it is the early morning and I am waiting in my c
    Meredith Hutchinson, 2015
    Fatima, Jordan, future teacher: "€œIn this image, it is the early morning and I am waiting in my classroom for my students to arrive. I teach younger children to read and write Arabic. I am a very compassionate and kind person, and so a perfect teacher. I am strict, but I go out of my way to gently help those students who are having difficulties."
  • <strong>Habou, Niger,&nbsp;future driver:</strong>&nbsp;"I want to be a driver so I can help my parents."
    Vincent Tremeau, 2016
    Habou, Niger, future driver: "I want to be a driver so I can help my parents."
  • <strong>Issouf, Mali,&nbsp;future&nbsp;chicken farmer:</strong>&nbsp;"I want to be a chicken farmer like my father, and also
    Vincent Tremeau, 2015
    Issouf, Mali, future chicken farmer: "I want to be a chicken farmer like my father, and also because I like chicken."
  • <strong>Ibrahim, Central African Republic,&nbsp;future soldier:</strong>&nbsp;"One day, I will be a soldier."
    Vincent Tremeau, 2014
    Ibrahim, Central African Republic, future soldier: "One day, I will be a soldier."
  • <strong>Mahamat, Central African Republic,&nbsp;future football player or musician:</strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong>"One day,
    Vincent Tremeau, 2014
    Mahamat, Central African Republic, future football player or musician: "One day, I will be a musician, or a football player in Barcelona."
  • <strong>Mimahawa, Guinea,&nbsp;future policewoman:</strong>&nbsp;"When I will be a grown-up I want to be a policewoman to cat
    Vincent Tremeau, 2016
    Mimahawa, Guinea, future policewoman: "When I will be a grown-up I want to be a policewoman to catch bandits and thieves."
  • <strong>Awa, Central African Republic,&nbsp;future teacher:</strong>&nbsp;"One day, I will become a teacher."
    Vincent Tremeau, 2014
    Awa, Central African Republic, future teacher: "One day, I will become a teacher."
  • <strong>Michael, Sierra Leone,&nbsp;future doctor:</strong>&nbsp;"One day, I will be a doctor to help people as they helped m
    Vincent Tremeau, 2016
    Michael, Sierra Leone, future doctor: "One day, I will be a doctor to help people as they helped me when I was ill. Twenty-six people died in my family because of Ebola including my father, my mother, my brothers, my sisters, my grandfather, my grandmother, my uncle, my nephews, my niece. ...– Now I am staying with my aunt."
  • <strong>Nesrine, Jordan,&nbsp;future policewoman:</strong>&nbsp;"€œI saw a policewoman for the first time when I was 11. Befo
    Meredith Hutchinson, 2015
    Nesrine, Jordan, future policewoman: "€œI saw a policewoman for the first time when I was 11. Before that, I hadn't considered it as a career. At that moment of my life, I wasn'€™t even going to school - €”I just had no interest. But now I have decided it is my dream, I will study hard and pursue it."€
  • <strong>Amani, Jordan,&nbsp;future pilot:</strong>&nbsp;"€œI love planes. Even before I had ever been on a plane, I knew I wa
    Meredith Hutchinson, 2015
    Amani, Jordan, future pilot: "€œI love planes. Even before I had ever been on a plane, I knew I wanted to be a pilot. Flying is adventurous and exciting. When I was younger, my brother always told me that a girl can't be a pilot, but I knew deep down this is what I wanted to do."
  • <strong>Wissam, Jordan,&nbsp;future pharmacist:</strong>&nbsp;"€œOur neighbor in Syria had a pharmacy, and when I was younger
    Meredith Hutchinson, 2015
    Wissam, Jordan, future pharmacist: "€œOur neighbor in Syria had a pharmacy, and when I was younger I would go next door and help. As the war started, I watched this pharmacist help the injured. When I saw this, I knew that this was an important job and what I wanted to do."€
  • <strong>Muntaha, Jordan,&nbsp;future photographer:</strong>&nbsp;"€œSince I was a young girl I loved taking people's photogra
    Meredith Hutchinson, 2015
    Muntaha, Jordan, future photographer: "€œSince I was a young girl I loved taking people's photographs. I loved going to different events and documenting what was happening - both the good and bad. As a professional photographer, I will use my images to inspire hope in others - to encourage love and understanding."
  • <strong>Safinatou, Central African Republic,&nbsp;future chef:&nbsp;</strong>"One day, I will be a chef."
    Vincent Tremeau, 2014
    Safinatou, Central African Republic, future chef: "One day, I will be a chef."
  • <strong>Sarah, Mali,&nbsp;future teacher:</strong>&nbsp;"I want to become a teacher to work with children."
    Vincent Tremeau, 2015
    Sarah, Mali, future teacher: "I want to become a teacher to work with children."
  • <strong>Fatimata, Niger,&nbsp;future teacher:</strong>&nbsp;"One day, I will be a teacher in an Islamic school to help people
    Vincent Tremeau, 2016
    Fatimata, Niger, future teacher: "One day, I will be a teacher in an Islamic school to help people know better their religion and avoid disputes."
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