One of the challenges, working on Status Welcomed, has been to earn people's’ trust during the short time that we are here. Time is necessary to gain good stories and photographs, to show who they really are. There are lots of reasons why people don't want to be photographed and known as refugees. It can be for safety reasons or their hopes to be known as normal citizens, without the refugee stigma.
Sometimes we need a interpreter to communicate what we're doing. We tend to be very dependent upon him/her.
With the help of our interpreter we could see the people getting to understand the purpose of us being there; it´s a beautiful thing. They sometimes get excited and want to help us tell the world about the challenges that they face.
Although, I totally understand when people are not open to do that, and we never want to put them in risk. It's so amazing when they are open because personal stories are much stronger than some general news. It touches us on a much deeper level. Sometimes we need to hear a personal story to finally stand up and do something about an issue!