Gold / 2016 / Press / Feature Story

Lesbos

  • Prize
    Gold in Press/Feature Story
  • Photographer
    Kai Loeffelbein

The moment the refugees arrive at the shore is absolutely dramatic: the arrivals cry, scream, collapse, but also laugh and sing, take selfies and call their relatives. It is an emotionally overwhelming situation. How many boats arrive depends on weather, patrolling coastguards, the political situation and the smugglers' time schedules. Sometimes more than thousand refugees arrive, another day only a few boats reach the shore. When I visited Moira, a camp where the refugees have to register, I was shocked that this refugee- camp was run by almost no-one. The refugees are totally left to their own resources there. Moira which was set up in former army barracks reminds me at a grim prison. It was overcrowded and didn't provide any sleeping facilities. The sanitary situation was appalling. Some volunteers managed to provide food once a day but hunger was rife.

Kai Löffelbein is a freelance photographer, currently residing in Hannover and Berlin,
Germany. Born in 1981. Studied political science at Philipps-Universität Marburg
and Freie Universität Berlin and photojournalism and documentary photography
at University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hannover.

Kai worked in various countries in South America, Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe.
His work has been exhibited internationally in numerous shows and festivals.

Kai is represented by Laif photo agency.