The Journey part II
The second part of the photo series The Journey, from Refugee Story will follow the images of Lebanon and bring you to Greece. The Greek islands are the usual entry point in Europe for refugees after leaving Middle East.
The boat crossing from Turkey to Greece is one of the things that come to our mind when thinking about refugee crisis, especially after the very famous and tragic picture of the little Aylan meeting his fate on the Turkish coast. Of course, these tragic events happen, too often but once again, there is much more than tragedy and despair when arriving on the islands. Refugees risk their lives and pay exorbitant amounts to cross on these dangerous boats and they do realize that when they land, a new life can start. Most of the time, arrivals of the boats make for scenes of celebration and the tears that you see are joyful.
Troubles are far from over for them though. Even if the crossing of the sea is sometimes the most dangerous part of the journey, the road ahead to reach their final destination is far from easy. Many of them have their hopes readjusted to the hard reality; Europe is not the perfect paradise they were hoping for and the start of the journey on the island is not always easy.
All these images have been taken on the island of Lesvos in Greece where the most important number of refugees arrive. They cover the area of Mytilini including the registration camps of Moria and Kara Tepe and the harbor as well as the Northern part of the island where the town of Molyvos and the camp of Oxy is.