Lesbos – the Attempt of a Snapshot

The gates of Europe are firmly closed in 2020, leaving only a few loopholes. At few places refugees do manage to cross the borders. On is the Greek Aegean island of Lesvos, which has become a focal point of the eastern Mediterranean migration route. The largest refugee camp in Europe, is located in the island. Conflicts emerge on the spot. At the end of February 2020, parts of the island's population turn against refugees. Raphael Knipping and me were on site for a month and put together a long-read, multimedia reportage, that can be accessed freely.

In 2021 we then returned to write an update for “taz – die tageszeitung” on the situation of the island. Moria is by now burnt down. Most people have been moved to a former shooting range, just at the coastal line. During the summer the sun burns down on them, in winter the ice cold wind blows from the sea.

Cover story, taz – die tageszeitung”, May 27th, 2021
nahaufnahme, taz – die tageszeitung, May 27th, 2021

By 2023 the newly planned “Closed-Control Access Center” on the island, funded by the European Union, is still to be finished. Thousands of refugees still live in the makeshift Mavrovouni camp. At the building site, located on the middle of the island right next to a dumpster, a dystopic future takes shape. At the same time left-overs from so called pushbacks can be found at several places across the island. Copies of passports and medication spread in the woods are the left-overs of the atrocities commited by the so called “masked men”.

“Vastria”, February 24th, 2023
Leftovers of a pushback have been laying in the woods since twenty days. Amongst those copies of passports and other documents. March 1st, 2023