I Stood On Those Lesbos Beaches In Floods Of Tears.
Photojournalist Giles Dudley documented a few of the stories of the millions of refugees who made their way westward to Europe. Lesbos, also called Lesvos or Mitilini, is a Greek island in the northern Aegean Sea off the coast of Turkey that has been a transit point for most refugees making their way to Greece as their first launching point into northern Europe. It is separated from Turkey by the narrow Mytilini Strait. In 2015 and 2016, tens of thousands of people, escaping war, violence and economic instability in their home countries in the Middle East, Asia and Africa arrived on the shores of the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey. Hundreds of people drowned while attempting this sea crossing. The influx of refugees and migrants drastically decreased after the European Union and Turkey signed a deal in March 2016 to curb the influx of refugees entering Europe and the closure of the Balkan route. In 2017, landscapes around Lesbos are vastly different – seemingly devoid of human presence when compared with the past two years. Today, there are still nearly 5,000 refugees stranded on Lesbos in Moria refugee camp, after arriving safely on the beaches of the island in 2015 and 2016.
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