Only two weeks ago I was landing in Athens in order to make another photoreportage on the refugee crisis I have been covering in 2015 for two months. For those who do not know, since March 20th, a deal was made between Europe and Turkey which led to the complete shutdown of the borders for the refugees and thus the stop of the arrivals of dinghy boats in the Greek islands from Turkey. It also meant that the tens of thousands of refugees that were already in Greece could not continue their journey forward nor go back (legally that is). As a photojournalist in 2015, I witnessed the ongoing journey of the refugees and I wanted to go back to show how movement became stagnation in Greece. As always, my main goal was to show that whatever the current situation, human hope and resilience prevail.
Let me show you a little summary of my trip so far and please be reminded that if you also believe in the power of showing hopeful and human pictures, you can support me doing so by contributing with a small donation or by sharing my work, thank you and keep smiling J
The initial plan was to spend more time in Athens to try visiting other camps but at that moment, there were rumors that Idomeni, the large camp at the border with Macedonia would be closed down shortly. I wanted to be able to if not cover the situation in the camp, at least try to document the events leading to its closure. This made me decide to head out North sooner with a two nights stop in the touristic town of Chalkida. I did not care much about the beach as my plan was to visit the camps close to the city.
I continued my journey North as quickly as possible, passing by Thessaloniki to get my loyal vehicle for the week and to Idomeni.
My plans for the next weeks will be to cover other areas of the island and show how it changed since October, how tourists now replace refugees and how the situation of the trash was dealt with and what remains to be done. After Lesvos, I will be heading North again to Macedonia where the camps of Tabanovce and Gevgelija, once transit points are now, as in Greece, permanent homes.
Thank you for reading, looking at the pictures and being interested in my work, it means everything to me. Once again, if you believe in the importance of independent photojournalism and positive pictures, any donation is much appreciated and for 25$, I will even send you a postcard from Lesvos, where history was taking place J
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