Images from the logistics planning trips

preceding the reporting project

Photos and video by Joe Stephens 
The Turkish Riviera near Izmir, looking toward the Greek island of Lesbos. Thousands of refugees have launched themselves toward a new life from the shores near this holiday beach.

The Turkish Riviera near Izmir, looking toward the Greek island of Lesbos. Thousands of refugees have launched themselves toward a new life from the shores near this holiday beach.

ON THE GREEK ISLAND OF LESBOS:

Several hundred refugees cast off westward from a Turkish beach under cloak of darkness on March 15, 2016. They were picked by a Greek patrol and delivered to this dock before sunrise on the Greek island of Lesbos.

Several hundred refugees cast off westward from a Turkish beach under cloak of darkness on March 15, 2016. They were picked by a Greek patrol and delivered to this dock before sunrise on the Greek island of Lesbos.

The port town of Mytilini, on the Greek Island of Lesbos, entry point to Europe for hundreds of thousands of refugees. Eight miles in the distance is the Turkish shoreline.

The port town of Mytilini, on the Greek Island of Lesbos, entry point to Europe for hundreds of thousands of refugees. Eight miles in the distance is the Turkish shoreline. (stock photo) 

An hour-long food line at a refugee encampment outside the Greek town of Moria, Lesbos island, on March 16, 2016

An hour-long food line at a refugee encampment outside the Greek town of Moria, Lesbos island, on March 16, 2016

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Moria refugee camp, Lesbos island, Greece.

 

Detail of wall outside Moria refugee camp, Lesbos, Greece. The camp formerly served as a military base. March 2016.

Detail of wall outside Moria refugee camp, Lesbos, Greece. The camp formerly served as a military base. March 2016.

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Detail of wall at Kara Tepe Refugee Camp, Lesbos island, Greece.

IN THE GREEK CAPITAL OF ATHENS: 

Refugees from Turkey, after making the 12-hour commercial ferry ride from the island of Lesbos to the capital of Athens, often don't stray far. Hundreds of tents on the dock have formed an ad hoc city. March 17, 2016

Refugees from Turkey, after making the 14-hour commercial ferry ride from the island of Lesbos to the capital of Athens, often did not  stray far. Hundreds of tents on the dock  formed an ad hoc city in the spring ( March 17, 2016)

 

Tent city (and hipster murals) at Athen's Port of Piraeus, an informal refugee encampment maintained by volunteers. March 2016

Tent city (and hipster murals) at Athen’s Port of Piraeus, an informal refugee encampment maintained by volunteers. (March 2016)

View of the tent city (and hipster murals) at Athen's Port of Piraeus, an informal campground for refugees recently arrived by ferry from the island of Lesbos. March 2016.

View of the tent city at Athen’s Port of Piraeus, an informal campground for refugees recently arrived by ferry from the island of Lesbos. (March 2016)

VIDEO LINK: Protest at Port of Piraeus, March 2016:

In a demonstration at the Athens Port of Piraeus, which has become home for thousands of refugees who live in tents and squat inside warehouses, recent arrivals chanted “Open the Border.” (March 17, 2016)

 

Tent city (and hipster murals) at Athen's Port of Piraeus, an informal refugee encampment maintained by volunteers. March 2016

Tent city (and hipster murals) at Athen’s Port of Piraeus, an informal refugee encampment maintained by volunteers. (March 2016)

In the background, Arabic-speaking refugees vie for snacks tossed from a van by an informal network of Samaritans from central Athens. This girl, who spoke no English, scored her cookies and juice box early, and insisted on documenting her success in a photo. March 18, 2016

In the background, Arabic-speaking refugees vie for snacks tossed from a van by an informal network of Samaritans from central Athens. This girl, who spoke no English, scored her cookies and juice box early, and insisted on documenting her success in a photo. (March 18, 2016)

 

 

VIDEO: Protest at Omonia Square: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQXxOTOhDXA&feature=youtu.be

A pro-refugee demonstration on Omonoia Square in central Athens. This gathering included a heavy contingent of Greek anarchists, and Afghans with signs saying “Years of War” and “I am a Refugee.” Some European officials instead have classified Afghans as less-protected “economic migrants.” (March 19, 2016)