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In 2015, the eyes of the world were on the island of Lesvos as thousands of war-torn refugees arrived on beautiful Greek shores. In March 2016, the EU-Turkey Agreement was signed, requiring refugees to have their asylum claims processed in Greece before moving on to another country.
As a result, many refugees were stranded on the island and instead of being a place of transit, Lesvos became home to thousands of refugees detained for an indefinite amount of time.
In November 2016, Talitha Brauer photographed and interviewed refugees, Greeks, rescue workers, NGO volunteers, and refugees who volunteer. In 2018, she follows up with each of them and investigates the current situation on the island.
Follow along for weekly installments on Wednesdays, starting 7 November 2018.
from Iraq and his cat Tuesday man the transit camp at Skala Sikamineas: the welcome committee for refugees when they arrive.
has been a refugee his whole life. But life in Moria camp on Lesvos was very different from the camp back home in Syria.
As a hyacinth in the mountains that men shepherding tread underfoot, and to the ground its flower, all purple
—Sappho [LP 105c] circa 580 BC
uses her vacation to volunteer on the island of Lesvos, bringing structure to the chaos of short-term volunteer work.
TALITHA BRAUER is a photographer and filmmaker based in Berlin, Germany. She has been following the story of the people of Lesvos since January 2016.
Contact her at tkbphotography (at) gmail.com