View of Moria refugee camp after the fire. Lesbos, Greece, Sept. 10, 2020.
A woman with her children sitting on the side of the road near Moria refugee camp. Lesbos, Greece, Sept. 11, 2020.
Refugees left on the street after fire destroys Moria refugee camp. Lesbos, Greece, Sept. 12, 2020.
Asylum seekers sit at the shore near the city of Mytilene, Greece, September 12, 2020.
Asylum seekers sleep in shadow. Lesbos, Greece, September 10, 2020.
Two men standing in the debris of Moria refugee camp. Lesbos, Greece, Sept. 16, 2020.
Asylum seekers protest over the dire living conditions as they become homeless after fire destroys Moria refugee camp. Lesbos, Greece, Sept. 11, 2020.
Afghan family sits in a makeshift lodge near the burned camp of Moria, Greece, September 11, 2020.
Asylum seekers bathe and wash their clothes near the town of Mytilene, Greece, on September 11, 2020.
A mother from Afghanistan cooks for her family. September 11, 2020.
Children and young men from the destroyed Moria refugee camp dive to the sea from a platform. Lesbos, Greece, Sept. 11, 2020.
A 10-year-old Afghan girl swims at the sea, on the island of Lesbos, Greece, Sept. 11, 2020.
Refugees scuffle for bottles of water during a distribution by local authorities near Mytilene. Lesbos, Greece, Sept. 12, 2020.
An Afghan man builds shelter with his son using stubble. September 12, 2020.
Asylum seekers make lunch on the street. September 13, 2020.
A family of asylum seekers stands on a hill next to policemen watching people protesting against the construction of a replacement camp. Lesbos, Greece, Sept. 11, 2020.
A man from Afghanistan refreshes himself. Lesbos, Greece, Sept. 10, 2020.
A man walks among the remains of Moria camp Lesbos, Greece, Sept. 10, 2020.
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Generation 2.0 for Rights, Equality & Diversity in the context of the project design and implementation, collaborated with Andreas Hatzidakis Professor of Marketing at Royal Holloway University of London, who is the scientific supervisor at the research and the researcher Iordanis Paraskevas, who undertook the implementation of the research and the writing of the report.
A photo essay by Elias Marcou.
When multiple fires destroyed Europe’s notorious refugee camp, it became apparent that more than 3,000 asylum seekers were missing already. While authorities remain silent regarding their whereabouts, we met some of them. We witnessed them living in limbo, working under exploitation, and being victims of brutal attacks; crossing borders to reach the “European dream” or failing to do so. We also delved into the government’s practices of fabricating the numbers.
In 2016 Mahmood left Jalalabad, his hometown in Afghanistan, and embarked on a dangerous journey to Europe. After six months he made it to Greece. We meet him in a flat in the suburbs of Athens, which he shares with up to twelve other compatriots; struggling with the Greek asylum services; making a living on the streets; and strolling through the center of Athens. This is his story.
Two months after the fire that destroyed Moria camp, the overcrowded refugee facility on the island of Lesvos, an asylum seeker who lived there, remembers the events of that night and what happened in the days that followed.
A logbook was found in the ashes of Europe’s most notorious refugee camp. Written by the workers that were there to protect the unaccompanied minors, but often felt incapable of doing so, its pages reveal the horrific reality that they endured. The logbook of Moria’s safe zone is an indisputable document of Europe’s failure to protect the most vulnerable group of asylum seekers that sought safety within its borders.