A photographer’s search for “normalcy” in refugees' lives

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Train heading through the Balkans (2015). The image represents the sense of longing present in many of the refugees from Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan. Photo: Giles Duley/UNHCR

"A lot of photographers travel to places and they want to show the differences between us" and the people caught in conflict.

That's according to Giles Duley, a British photographer who instead aims to show our similarities.

Giles started his career in music and fashion, although he is best known for documenting humanitarian issues and covering the consequences of conflict.

In October 2015, he started a project with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to document the daily lives of refugees and migrants attempting to reach Europe.

His story began in Lesvos, Greece.

At the time, an unprecedented number of refugees and migrants were arriving on the Greek island.

Giles accompanied them on their journey through the Balkans and witnessed their arrival at reception centres in Berlin, Germany.

Ana Carmo caught up with Giles, ahead of World Refugee Day, marked annually on 20th June. He began by explaining what motivates him to work.

Duration: 6'42"

 

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