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LIV RET

A photo series depicting refugees’ favorite meals

For the art project ‘LIV RET’ two Danish brothers-in-law asked 25 young refugees about their favorite food. In doing so they paint a picture that starkly contrasts with the usual stories surrounding immigrants and refugees. A picture of hope and remembrance, and infinitely more human.

 Chantal Arnts & Maaike de Reuver   Steven Achiam   Xiao-Er Kong

Two young boys sit down to eat: an Afghan and a Dane. 


An image of refugees: a picture of hope and remembrance

'When we held Christmas with our family in 2015, we were joined by a special guest’, award winning photo journalist Steven Achiam says. ’It was Ali, a child asylum seeker from Afghanistan. Ali now spoke some Norwegian, but there were still some communication difficulties. That is, until we got talking about food.’ Brendan Killeen’s son and Ali found out that their favourite dishes were both made with lamb. ’My son then asked if the sheep get to roam free on the mountains in Afghanistan like they did in Ireland, where I’m from, and Ali said yeah of course. He then wrote down the recipe for us.’

Brothers-in-law Steven and Brendan decided to show a different image of modern refugees. One filled with hope and remembrance. They set off on a roadtrip to ask 25 young refugees around Jutland, Funen, Zealand and the Danish islands about growing up, home and their favourite foods. To show the meaning of childhood meals and how they shape us as people. The photo exhibition of LIV RET has been shown to 100,000 guests at Danish food festivals.

The right to eat your favorite food

The Danish word livret is the word for favourite food. It has a significant connection to the project title LIV RET, a play on the words favourite food and life rights. 

Photos and texts are from the self-published book Food for Thought (LIV RET) by Steven Achiam and Brendan Killeen. The book has won two first prizes at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2016 and the surplus will be donated to Danish Red Cross Youth. 

Abdirahman

“In Somalia I buy whole, raw coffee berries at the market. Before putting them into the oil, you have to lightly crush them with your canine teeth. If a stranger is going to be eating them, you can use the tip of a knife. If it's just for me and my family, I use my canine teeth.”

17 years old, Somalia

Favorite food: Bun Daahko - Fried coffee berries and popcorn. 

15 years old, Afghanistan

Abass

“It's the burnt smell and the taste of burnt onions, I like. If i close my eyes it’s almost like being home again.”

Favorite food: Kechre - Veal shank with rice and lentils

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Amena

“Recipe: Find a sweet and loving mother. Enjoy milk at body temperature.”

2 months old, born in Roskilde Hospital, Denmark

Favorite food: Breastmilk 

10 years old, Kuwait

Msolem

“It’s fish that my mother makes for me. She buys it in the supermarket or gets it from one of my father’s friends. She makes the fish on the BBQ.”

Favorite food: Samak Seneya - Oven baked fish

9 years old, Libanon

Hilda

“When it's hot, we buy pizza in the shop. We play on the playground and eat at a table. Sometimes on a rug. Sometimes at the swimming pool.”

Favorite food: Pizza-to-go

Omer, Shiyar, Farzad and their father

“I don’t know why it’s my favourite, it just is.”

17, 13 and 15 years old, Syria

Favorite food: Shawarma and flatbread

8 years old, Syria

Raghad

“When I drink orange juice I remember orange trees in Syria.”

Favorite food: Orange juice

Najeme

“Where I used to live I didn't know chicken. My mother made food outside on an open fire. The first time I had chicken was on the journey.”

15 years old, Somalia

Favorite food: Bariis Digaag - Chicken with rice

16 years old, Afghanistan

Salim

“I like fresh milk because it doesn't have extra things in it. Milk from the supermarket tastes cheaper and isn’t nearly as good.”

Favorite food: Fresh cow’s milk

17 years old, Iran

Delaram

“In Iran we sat on the grass by the lake and ate. I was swinging and listening to the birds.”

Favorite food: Jujeh Kabab - Chicken kebab with saffron

Follow Steven Achiam on Instagram: @stevenachiamphoto

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LIV RET

A photo series depicting refugees’ favorite meals

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For the art project ‘LIV RET’ two Danish brothers-in-law asked 25 young refugees about their favorite food. In doing so they paint a picture that starkly contrasts with the usual stories surrounding immigrants and refugees. A picture of hope and remembrance, and infinitely more human.

 Chantal Arnts & Maaike de Reuver 
 Steven Achiam   Xiao-Er Kong

Photos and texts are from the self-published book Food for Thought (LIV RET) by Steven Achiam and Brendan Killeen. The book has won two first prizes at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2016 and the surplus will be donated to Danish Red Cross Youth. 

Two young boys sit down to eat: an Afghan and a Dane. 


'When we held Christmas with our family in 2015, we were joined by a special guest’, award winning photo journalist Steven Achiam says. ’It was Ali, a child asylum seeker from Afghanistan. Ali now spoke some Norwegian, but there were still some communication difficulties. That is, until we got talking about food.’ Brendan Killeen’s son and Ali found out that their favourite dishes were both made with lamb. ’My son then asked if the sheep get to roam free on the mountains in Afghanistan like they did in Ireland, where I’m from, and Ali said yeah of course. He then wrote down the recipe for us.’

An image of refugees: a picture of hope and remembrance

Brothers-in-law Steven and Brendan decided to show a different image of modern refugees. One filled with hope and remembrance. They set off on a roadtrip to ask 25 young refugees around Jutland, Funen, Zealand and the Danish islands about growing up, home and their favourite foods. To show the meaning of childhood meals and how they shape us as people. The photo exhibition of LIV RET has been shown to 100,000 guests at Danish food festivals.

The right to eat your favorite food

The Danish word livret is the word for favourite food. It has a significant connection to the project title LIV RET, a play on the words favourite food and life rights. 

Favorite food: Bun Daahko - Fried coffee berries and popcorn. 

17 years old, Somalia

Abdirahman

“In Somalia I buy whole, raw coffee berries at the market. Before putting them into the oil, you have to lightly crush them with your canine teeth. If a stranger is going to be eating them, you can use the tip of a knife. If it's just for me and my family, I use my canine teeth.”

15 years old, Afghanistan

Abass

“It's the burnt smell and the taste of burnt onions, I like. If i close my eyes it’s almost like being home again.”

Favorite food: Kechre - Veal shank with rice and lentils

Amena

“Recipe: Find a sweet and loving mother. Enjoy milk at body temperature.”

2 months old, born in Roskilde Hospital, Denmark

Favorite food: Breastmilk 

10 years old, Kuwait

Msolem

“It’s fish that my mother makes for me. She buys it in the supermarket or gets it from one of my father’s friends. She makes the fish on the BBQ.”

Favorite food: Samak Seneya - Oven baked fish

Favorite food: Pizza-to-go

9 years old, Libanon

Hilda

“When it's hot, we buy pizza in the shop. We play on the playground and eat at a table. Sometimes on a rug. Sometimes at the swimming pool.”

Omer, Shiyar, Farzad and their father

“I don’t know why it’s my favourite, it just is.”

17, 13 and 15 years old, Syria

Favorite food: Shawarma and flatbread

8 years old, Syria

Raghad

“When I drink orange juice I remember orange trees in Syria.”

Favorite food: Orange juice

Najeme

“Where I used to live I didn't know chicken. My mother made food outside on an open fire. The first time I had chicken was on the journey.”

15 years old, Somalia

Favorite food: Bariis Digaag - Chicken with rice

16 years old, Afghanistan

Salim

“I like fresh milk because it doesn't have extra things in it. Milk from the supermarket tastes cheaper and isn’t nearly as good.”

Favorite food: Fresh cow’s milk

17 years old, Iran

Delaram

“In Iran we sat on the grass by the lake and ate. I was swinging and listening to the birds.”

Favorite food: Jujeh Kabab - Chicken kebab with saffron

Follow Steven Achiam on Instagram: @stevenachiamphoto
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