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Bilal,13, from Syria, is a self-described geek. He wants to study and learn English and German, but he needs new books and wants to reach Germany as soon as possible to go to school and learn more about the world. He sits on an abandoned car while translating verbs from Arabic to English.
This collection of photos documents daily life in the Idomeni camp where refugees live in limbo on the border between Greece and Macedonia. Some refugees who were photographed are identified by an initial because they did not want their names used.
R., 32, from Syria kisses her nephew. They live in an abandoned train at Idomeni railway station in Greece, at the border with Macedonia. Some 12,000 refugees live in small tents and the ruins of an old railway station in Idomeni.
A night shot of the border fence between Greece and Macedonia at the Idomeni camp.
Raha, 41, from Syria, is in Idomeni with two sisters. She waits to reach her two sons, aged 15 and 20, who arrived in Germany months ago. Raha is still stuck here after two months.
A Kurdish girl spends an evening playing with a recycled table football game at Idomeni refugee camp, a makeshift camp on the Greek-Macedonian border where thousands of refugees are stranded.
Yazidis are a religious group of about half a million people native to the northern Iraqi province of Nineveh. They share the same language and much of the culture of the Kurds of Turkey and Syria. As adherents of pre-Islamic Gnostic teachings they have been subjected to years of strong repression. In the last two years they have been one of the main targets of ethnic cleansing by ISIS militiamen, along with Christians and Shiites. In early August 2014 thousands of Yazidis fled towards the mountains of Sinjar as ISIS launched an offensive in northern Iraq. ISIS forces massacred over 5000 Yazidi men and kidnapped thousands of women who were sold into slavery in Mosul and Raqqa, Syria. Those who survived the attacks were trapped on the mountains of Sinjar without food, water or medical care, facing starvation, dehydration and the risk of further attacks by ISIS for several weeks. Fortunately PKK and YPG Kurdish forces opened a corridor from the mountains to Rojava ( Northern Syria, led by kurdish forces ) allowing them to flee to safety. Thousands of Yazidis took refuge in Rojava or in Kurdish areas in Turkey. Like the many refugees fleeing war zones, thousands of Yazidis try to escape to safer zones in Europe, where their tragedy continues. Stopped at the gates of Europe, they end up in refugee camps like the notorious Idomeni, between Greece and Macedonia. Here in makeshift tents on the Skopje railway line they are surrounded by waste, toxic fumes and mud. There are still over 1200 Yazidis who have been stuck for over a month waiting for the reopening of the border, closed at the beginning of March by Macedonian authorities with the silent approval of Europe; the same Europe that at the time of Yazidi's flight to the Sinjar mountains was crying for them, and which now closes its eyes to them.
Panagiota Vasileiadou, also called "the Idomeni refugees' grandmother" is a 82 year-old Greek woman who houses five Syrian refugees in her home.
In a improvised cinema, refugee children watch a cartoon movie at the makeshift camp of Idomeni, in Greece. Movies keep refugee children entertained, despite all the sorrow and trials they face.
A Pakistani group of between 50 and 70 refugees live in an abandoned hotel building close to the Greek-Macedonian border in Idomeni, Greece.
Syrian refugees have dinner along the railway at Idomeni camp. The railway connection has been blocked for a month by refugees who are protesting Macedonia's decision not to let them through. Police have tried to clear the tracks but refugees still resist and occupy the railway while waiting for an European solution.
Asif, 23, from Pakistan, is living in an abandoned building with about 50 people along the highway that runs close to the border with Macedonia.
S. is from Pakistan and he lives in an abandoned building along the highway that runs close to the Greek border with Macedonia. He shares a little room with four to six other "travel mates". They have been waiting and surviving here for two months without electricity, windows, doors and bathrooms.
Groups of masked, black-clad men and far-right activists rampaged through the streets next to the port of Piraeus on Sunday evening during a so called 'Anti-Islamization' protest.
The rally created a " pogrom atmosphere" and at the end they clashed with Greek Police and Coast Guard troops squads, while they were attempting to enter the port gates to reach and attack the refugee makeshift camp of Piraeus.
The gathering was organized by a Greek group named "LEPEN" (Patriotic Union).
"Knife in the heart of every antifa!" was heard from the side of the rally, a slogan referring directly to the murder of the antifascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas by a Golden Dawn member in 2013. At the same area 24 hours ago, during a similar so called “Anti-Islamization” Protest a cameraman was attacked by a member of the Greek Golden dawn far-right party.
Athens, Piraeus port, Greece, 10 April 2016.
M., 24, from Aleppo, shows shocking evidence of torture in Assad's prisons. He says he was arbitrarily jailed and tortured for 4 months. M. is living in the ruins of an old railway station in Idomeni, Greece.
Around 12.000 refugees live in small tents and the ruins of an old railway station in Idomeni at the Greek border with Macedonia.
A Kurdish boy sits by a fire in a railway repairs hangar where thousand of refugees have set up their tents at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni.
Refugees queue daily for food in Idomeni, a railway station in Greece at the border with Macedonia.
People protest after mouldy food was given to a group of refugees in Idomeni camp, Greece. Part of a meal distributed by a Greek NGO was delivered rotten and was soon thrown out, leaving people very angry and exhausted.
Kurdish families have dinner along the tracks in an abandoned hangar of Idomeni railway station near the Greek border with Macedonia.
Idomeni railway station at night. More than 10,000 refugees are living in small tents and the ruins of an old railway station in Idomeni, Greece. The camp stretches out for hundreds of meters along the railway tracks that cross the border between Greece and Macedonia.
A veiled woman walks during the misty dawn at Idomeni refugee camp, on the Greek border with Macedonia.
A Muslim woman prays in the early morning at Idomeni refugee camp at the Greek border with Macedonia.
About 12.000 refugees are living in small tents and the ruins of an old railway station in Idomeni. The Idomeni camp stretches out for hundreds of yards along the railway track that crosses the border, and for hundreds of yards on either side. The vast majority sleeps in camping tents set directly on the muddy fields, or the coarse gravel of the railway tracks.
Migrants sit in the cold light of the early morning at Idomeni refugee camp at the Greek border with Macedonia.
"Hotel Hara" is a makeshift refugee camp on the forecourt of a petrol station near the Idomeni refugee camp, on the Greek-Macedonian border.
Overcrowded refugee tents at the transit center for refugees in Tabanovce, Macedonia. About 1000 people are in the refugee camp after closing of the Balkan route. Some of them are waiting more than 21 days stranded at the transit center.
Stranded refugees walk in the mud field on a rainy day close to the transit center for refugees in the village of Tabanovce in Macedonia. About hundred refugees or migrants live at least four days in the green fields after the European Union said that Balkan route has come to an end. After Balkan countries close the borders, some of the refugees and migrants are stranded in the border zones and they can neither return to Serbia nor enter Macedonia in the refugee camp in Tabanovce.
Food containers left over a shelf. In the background appears damaged tents in the Obin makeshift camp in northern Latakia. The Obin refugee camp used to shelter over 5000 refugee, the majority of which fled their homes in Latakia and Idleb.
Heavy shelling over the Obin refugee camp caused serious damage to makeshift tents, basic personal properties and children toys.
Food bowls left behind in the Obin refugee camp. Over 5000 refugees had to evacuate the camp after it was targeted with missiles.
A wide shot shows damaged makeshift shelters in the Obin refugee camp, northern Latakia.
Among the rubble is a burned teddy bear belonging to a child refugee who had to leave the Obin camp to another location.
Among the rubble is a soccer ball made of textile.
Among the mess is a damaged bicycle.
Refugees who had to abandon the Obin refugee camp left behind clothing and other properties.
Unexploded rocket remains in the Obin refugee camp. Activists believe that the rocket was launched of a Russian ship from the sea.
Among the rubble is an unexploded rocket remains in the Obin refugee camp. Activists believe that the rocket was launched of a Russian ship from the sea.
Damaged makeshift tent in the Obin refugee camp in northern Latakia.
Sabrina Lefebvre is a hairdresser who works in the world of luxury and fashion, but in her spare time she visits migrant camps in France to offer them free hair cuts. We followed her in Calais and Dunkirk, and in Paris during a fashion show.
During fashion shows and shoots for luxury magazines, she works between Paris, London, New York or Milan, styling the hair of the supermodels for well known fashion houses. Now based in London, the young woman assists the stars of her profession, like the Japanese hair stylist Akki Shirakawa. She could have been content to continue her ascent in this world of luxury, glitter and glamor.
But last October the path of this hairdresser, who is a true nomad, crossed that of the thousands of migrants who settled in make shift camps in Dunkirk and Calais, some mere miles from the village where she grew up. "I have travelled in poor regions of Brazil, and I know that in the worst circumstances, the poor strive to preserve their appearance. It is a question of dignity, it helps preserve the morale. And I decided to help them with my means."
As soon as she gets the chance, Sabrina spends a few days to settle in the camps to cut the hair of migrants. Through her work the young woman has earned an astonishing popularity within a few months: numerous people come to greet her and are and queuing in front of her makeshift barbershops along muddy roads or in tents.
Nothing discourages them, nor the icy wind, nor the mud, nor the jokes in Kurdish, Arabic or Farsi, that comment the mimicry of customers, who try to make understandable by gestures their hair cut requirements. Even more amazing, Sabrina became met with migrant colleagues; she now calls to wield the clippers or scissors at her side.
In May 2015, two Arabic languages teachers in Palma de Mallorca decided to offer free classes as the refugee crisis grew. The public response was more than they expected. Yet nine months later, just 19 refugees have been welcomed by the Spanish government while the waiting list for the course continues to grow.