Refugee Hotel


Photographed and Edited by Gabriele Stabile and Juliet Linderman

Refugee Hotel is a groundbreaking collection of photography and interviews that documents the arrival of refugees in the United States. Evocative images are coupled with moving testimonies from people describing their first days in the U.S., the lives they’ve left behind, and the new communities they’ve since created. Among the narrators:

PSAW WAH BAW, who was forced to flee her village in Burma amidst armed conflict. She describes how her family left their village with just five cups of rice, beginning an arduous journey toward resettlement that would take them through Bangkok, Tokyo, Illinois, and Texas.

PASTOR NOEL, who fled the civil war in Burundi in 1972 for a refugee camp in Congo. When war erupted in Congo in 1996, Noel was once again forced from his home. He now lives in Mobile, Alabama, and is a central figure in the African refugee community.

FELIX, a South Sudanese man who joined the rebel army as a teenager but eventually fled to a refugee camp in Kenya. Felix now lives in Erie, Pennsylvania, where he works with Habitat for Humanity to assist African refugees in purchasing their own homes.

About the Authors:

Gabriele Stabile is an Italian photographer based in New York City. His photography has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.

Juliet Linderman is a reporter for the Times-Picayune. Formerly the editor of a small community newspaper, she has written for many publications including the New York Times and the Village Voice.

Gabriele and Juliet will be on tour for Refugee Hotel in California and New York January and February 2013.


Select Press & Praise for Refugee Hotel

“First Nights in America: What Arriving as a Refugee Looks Like” (The Atlantic, 12/12/2012)

“Refugee Hotel: Strangers in a Strange Land” (TIME, 12/12/2012)

“Photo of the Day: Port of Entry” (Photo News Daily, 12/18/2012)

“‘Refugee Hotel’ by Gabriele Stabile and Juliet Linderman” (The Boston Globe, 1/1/2013)

“’Refugee Hotel': Refugees learn to breathe free” (Chicago Tribune, 1/18/2013)

“Documenting the Refugee Experience” (ABC News, 3/7/2013)


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