The assembling of garments doesn’t require any equipment or skill. In addition, all the materials used in the garments are upcycled and can be already found at the camps or in the vicinity. These materials are: used jeans and shirts that people donate to refugees, parts of life jackets used during the dangerous trip to Europe, thermal blankets.
The photographs were taken on Lesbos, Greece, the most beautiful island that happened to be on the front line of the refugee crisis.
We decided that my older brother would try to get to Greece first and my younger brother and I would follow in 10 days. We didn’t want our parents to lose all of us if something bad happened.
TROUSERS: used jeans.
In seven hours our boat crashed to the shore. Everyone ran away and tried to hide. Because it was dark and we spent so much time in the boat not knowing which way we were going, we were not sure whether we arrived in Greece or returned back to Turkey.
My husband has problems with his heart and because of that we are staying not in the refugee camp but in an apartment in Mytilene. The apartment is close to the hospital in
case anything happens with my husband. An organization helping refugees rents the apartment for us.
To keep myself occupied I make decorations out of cardboard which is available at Swiss Red Cross. I also teach people to cook.
‘wait, wait, wait.’ You cannot do better than that.
I don’t believe someone will leave their country if they don’t really have to. No one wants to become a refugee and be treated like that, this is crazy.
It’s not good for a human being to stay in Moria camp. When we arrived hundreds of people were sleeping on the road at the entrance of Moria, because there was no place inside and more and more people kept coming. Lots of people were sinking in the sea and lots of people were dying at the camp.
When the Community Center opened a month ago they got two sewing machines and I started to sew there. I sew because I love my job, I can’t just sit doing nothing. I also teach others how to sew.
believed the results of the election were fraudulent]. He had to leave the country and lived in Guangzhou, China.
Today many people are forced to leave their homes in search of a better life, safer places of living, better environment, and better jobs. They pass through a lot of terrible things in hope to start over at a new place. But people who happen to live in a safer area are scared that the arrival of newcomers will harm them. That the newcomers will take their jobs or make some terrible things. But there is always a choice whether to lock yourself in fear or to come out and try to help. There are two ways of reacting to this scary reality – try to isolate and protect your own family by all means or try to help solve the issue by stepping out and acting.
Recent political events have shown that there is a tie between these two ways. British people have chosen Brexit with 52% of votes. Trump has won the election but lost the popular vote, which means that more than a half of US citizens voted against him and his policies. At this point people have chosen their own safety, racial and gender stereotypes over equality and generosity. But the difference is tiny and there is a hope that it will change soon. And the change can be made by small steps towards embracing the most human trait – empathy.