Graffiti Outside Moria Refugee Camp

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In 2018, I volunteered with A Drop in the Ocean, a non-profit aid organization on patrolling Lesvos' Southeast coast to rescue refugees making the several mile crossing from Turkey to Europe.  During my time as a volunteer, there we several landings and I witnessed first hand the situation refugees face once interred in camps such as Moria on Lesvos.  Our patrols were overnight from 11pm-7am.  During the day I took my camera to document the island and the current situation.  These are some of the images made during this time.  


there are an estimated 8000 thousand refugees on tiny Lesvos.  As many as 6000 live in the squalid Moria camp a few miles outside the capital of Mytilini.  Since borders have shut and caps placed on refugees entering countries like Hungary, Serbia, Germany and England a bottleneck has occurred in Greece, a country whose economy struggles to manage further drag on its resources.       

Landing Site South of Mytilini, March 2018

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Life Jacket Graveyard

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Life Jacket Left on Beach after Landing

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Lone Tree, Life Jacket Graveyard

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Outside Molyvos, Greece.  At its peak in 2016, this beach received1200 refugees per day.

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Landing Site, discarded wet clothes hanging in tree

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40,000 Life Jackets dumped in the countryside outside 

Molyvos, North Lesvos Island

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Graffiti at Life Jacket Graveyard

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Chair and Smugglers Boats

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Stop Deportation, Grafitti outside Moria Refugee Camp

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