3 days ago
Thessaloniki, GREECE 2017 /
What do you do when your home is no longer safe? When the greater community can’t help you? When your own country is against you? The man pictured here- for his safety, let’s regard him as P- is a Pakistani refugee. P had the eagerness and the kindness to show me where he was from in Pakistan using Google Maps on my phone. He had crossed Iran and Turkey, and possibly Afghanistan and Iraq as well, to enter Greece. Either way, the entire transcontinental journey of being illegally smuggled from Central Asia to Europe was well over 1000 miles exclusively by land- a minimum of 3 border crossings, a maximum of 5. Over 1000 miles of something going wrong, of a smuggler betrayal, of detainment by federal polices or border control, of becoming stranded in a foreign land, of death, just to make it to a squat (an abandoned warehouse in a dilapidated graveyard of unfinished buildings on the city’s fringes) in Greece’s second largest city... in Europe. I also showed him where I was from in California using Google Maps... Man... How? Why? What if (it was me)? No answers, just questions. More and more and more and more questions.
P is pictured here standing next to an unfinished wooden doorframe that us volunteers were building to deter thieves from entering the squat during the day and stealing the dozen or so residing refugees’ few possessions.
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