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RAFT of LESVOS

The ''RAFT of LESVOS '' documents the plight of the migrant crisis. It renders the geography of human despair following those who fled their countries after the outbreak of the civil war, making their gateway to Europe.

Lesvos, one of the prettiest Greek islands in the Aegean, heavily influenced by the weights of the Greek Economic crisis, makes not only a short distanced step and a frontline to the European gateway but also a temporary recovery zone for immigrants out-washed and abandoned to its beaches seeking to organize their routes to developed European countries.

This migration wave, perhaps the greatest after the IIWW, combined with the socioeconomic difficulties that weigh upon the local inhabitants renders Lesvos a ‘ship in distress” phase to phase with a strengthened humanitarian crisis.

What end one should foresee upon this trajectory? A restless gaze records and traces this question over the swinging European landscape.

A child covering himself as a Frontex helicopter patrols the north shores of Lesvos
Afghan refugees are reaching to the north coast of Lesvos island by dinghy boat close to Sikaminia village. It is estimated that each of them has to pay 800-1500 dollars to the smugglers
Refugees walking to Skala Sikaminias hot spot while they reached the island of Lesvos with a boat
An Afghan family just arrived in st. Dimitris chapel close to Molyvos
Refugees are waiting inside a bus to be transferred to the camp of Moria, after their registration at the port of Mytilene
A young Syrian refugge is staring to the port of Mytilene as he waiting for a ferry to depart. Most of the refugees are obliged to stay in tends at the port of Mytilene due to State's lack of funds
Young Syrian regugees are having fun at the port of Mytilene. Most of the refugees are obliged to remain to the island of Lesvos up to 5 days and more utill their next step of their journey, not only because there is a small number of ferries  providing transport between Lesvos island and the mainland but also due to the vast number of refugees that have already landed  to the island
A pregnant Syrian woman that has just arrived with a dinghy boat late at night at a coast of north Lesvos, is carried by volunteers to the reception centre because she is terrified that she is having miscarriage
Waiting under the sun to be registered in the camp of Moria. Bureaucracy and the vast number of refugees that have reach the island, makes registration process really hard for them
An Afghan father with his four daughters are waiting to be registered in camp of Moria
An Afhgan family is helped by a volunteer to climp a hill. They have just reached Lesbos island
A volunteer and a local doctor are taking care to a young refugee that reached the north shores of Lesvos island with his family late at night with a dinghy boat
An Iraqi family that arrived at the north shores of Lesvos
A young man who has just arrived with dinghy boat at he shores of North Lesvos is praying.  According to official records more than 3000 people lost their lives in Aegean sea since last July
Waiting to be registered in Petras hotspot which is not proper organized. EU threatens Grecce to be banned from Schengen area if the last doesnt meet the standards
Refugees are waiting under the sun for a ferry ticket at the port of Mytilene. Most of them are obliged to remain to the island of Lesvos under bad conditions up to 5 days and more utill their next step of their journey. This is because there is a small number of ferries  providing transport between Lesvos island and the mainland but also due to the vast number of refugees that have already reached the island
Waiting under the sun to be registered in the camp of Moria. Bureaucracy and the vast number of refugees that have reach the island, makes registration process really hard for them
Afghan uncompannied minors are resting in a derelict building of former armys camp of Moria which is now used as a hot spot
Refugees in their tends, at the port of Mytilene early in the morning. Most of them are obliged to remain to the island of Lesvos under bad conditions up to 5 days and more utill their next step of their journey. This is because there is a small number of ferries  providing transport between Lesvos island and the mainland but also due to the vast number of refugees that have already reached the island
Young Syrian boys onboard, travelling to north Greece
Afghan uncompannied minors who are sleeping at the port of Mytilene. Most of them are obliged to remain to the island of Lesvos under bad conditions up to 5 days and more utill their next step of their journey. This is because there is a small number of ferries  providing transport between Lesvos island and the mainland but also due to the vast number of refugees that have already reached the island
A man embraces his woman as they reached Lesbos island with a dinghy boat from the shores of Tyrkey