The Journey part I
The Other Side of the Sea
The first step of the photo series from The Journey part of the Refugee Story brings you to the camps in Lebanon to show you what is happening before refugees even leave for Europe.
In the current crisis, we tend to focus all our attention on Europe, thinking this is the biggest picture. Some even ask, why don’t they go to Arabic countries?
Well, they do. In fact, there are a lot more refugees in Lebanon alone than in all of Europe since the beginning of the crisis. According to the UNHCR, the number of refugees in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey alone total more than 2,5 millions. The proximity and the ease of reaching make these countries logical choices for neighboring Syrians but the living conditions are extremely hard. If the whole Europe is struggling to receive and provide decent support to just one million of them, these three countries are in no way able to cope economically and socially with more than twice the numbers.
All these images have been taken in Lebanon in Syrian refugee camps in the Akkar region in the North and in the Bekaa Valley in the East, both regions bordering Syria.