Born and raised in Västerås with Assyrian/Arameic roots, Izla Bethdavid grew up and hearing her parents sharing stories of persecution, poverty and genocide. She always dreamt about helping people in need, which led her to work with international development cooperation. Her background is in public health, social anthropology and international relations which is central to her drive for humanity. Building connections and fostering relationships across borders and cultures are currencies in Izla’s life.
Her love to explore the world motivated her to visit and serve in + 20 African countries, and several in Asia, Latin-America, including Australia and the USA. Recently she lived in Lusaka, Zambia for two years, and worked for the Embassy of Sweden, for which she shot images for the Zambian Dad’s exhibition. “My passion is to reveal the ambition, strength, and dignity of people that she is blessed to meet. I believe that there lies a true beauty, joy, and warmth underneath the life challenge, which is missed out many times or negatively portrayed in many parts of the world. No matter the harsh reality that people may witness, they reflect hope, courage, and the might of humanity.”
Izla’s work has been published across the world in renowned magazines, newspapers, books, and articles. In all her travels and encounters with people, there is one thing that she always carries with her – the vitality, strength, and resilience of people who live in challenging environments, who may have little, sometimes even nothing – but always afford a smile!
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