EXILED IN PARIS
Madame Mai in her Paris restaurant. Photo: Mélanie Challe
On the blog Chroniques d’un Instant, photographer Mélanie Challe and journalist Sonia Ghezali present their photo-slide/voiceover Web documentaries that give a voice to Parisians who are rarely heard from. So far, they have profiled Sidiki, a political refugee from Afghanistan who made the long trek to Paris after attacks on his pro-democracy organization and now lives in the streets while trying to help other Afghan refugees; and 81-year-old Madame Mai from North Vietnam, who fled the Communists in 1954 after they decapitated her father and imprisoned her, then came to France in 1967. She still runs a tiny Paris restaurant by herself.