The
Moria
Nightmare
in 12 frames

In the past five years, thousands of refugees crossed the Aegean Sea in small dinghies. They headed towards Lesvos and other Eastern Aegean islands to reach safe soil. Upon arrival to Lesvos, their next stop was not a welcoming environment but the jungle outside and inside the barbed wire of Moria “hotspot”. The Moria of fences,  the Moria of fires. Images of shame travelled around the world in this period and remain as a markstone of human rights violations. Images of people shouting for freedom and safety, babies and children sleeping in tents  without access to running water and electricity. Images of people, each of them carrying a story of persecution in their hearts and a small bag full of hope on their shoulders. Images of old Moria and “new Moria”… at the revolving door of Europes’ external borders.
A PHOTO EXHIBITION BY GIORGOS MOUTAFIS

Lesbos
Dec 11
2019

The Reception and Identification Centre (RIC) in Moria and the shanty town in the surrounding olive groves become the symbol of the implementation of the ‘deal’.  The ‘deal’ provided for the short-term stay of asylum-seekers. The vast majority was trapped here for months or even years in inhumane conditions.

Lesbos
oct 31
2018

Thousands of individuals stayed for months or years without access to running water and electricity, exposed tobad weather conditions while waiting to be registered.

Lesbos
DEC 18
2017

23-year-old Bara from Syria was forced to live in her tent with her four-day old baby in the shanty town next tothe RIC of Moria. In the five years of the ‘deal’, hundreds of mothers with newborns have been forced to survive in similar conditions.

Lesbos
OCT 31
2018

Refugees from Afghanistan that have just arrived on Lesvos create a makeshift shelter to spend the night in the Olive Grove next to Moria RIC, since there is no space for them inside the overcrowded camp.

Lesbos
apr 4
2016

Staff from the EU Border and Coastguard Agency (FRONTEX) lead refugees that will be readmitted to the boat that will transfer them from Lesvos back to Turkey. From the beginning of the implementation of the ‘deal’ on 20 March 2016 until now, a total of 2.140 individuals have been returned to Turkey.

Lesbos
apr 5
2016

During the duration of the implementation of the ‘deal’ hundreds of asylum-seekers have been placed under administrative detention even immediately after their arrival. Until recently Greece implemented systematically the measure of ‘protective custody’ for unaccompanied refugees minors.

Lesbos
sep 29
2019

Refugee carrying a child tries to escape the chemical irritants that riot police used during a protest following a fire in Moria RIC. Hundreds of children are witnesses of extreme conditions and situations in the overcrowded RICs.

Lesbos
oct 17
2019

Refugees from Afghanistan, who were rescued in the open sea, see a Frontex boat in Skala Sykamias harbour. The agony in the eyes of the small children shows the fear they experienced.

lesbos
feb 29
2020

Refugees from sub-Saharan Africa reach by boat a beach near Skala Sykamias on Lesvos. Tens of people have lost their lives in the Aegean waters in the past five years in their attempt to reach Europe. The ‘deal’ has not halted shipwrecks.

Lesbos
Sep 9
2020

Thick smoke above the wired fences of Moria. In the past five years, tens of fires have broken out in these areas, either by makeshift fires, as many people did not have access to electricity and heating, or following riots.

lesbos
sep 9
2020

Fires result in the compete destruction of Moria RIC. Refugees run to save themselves, taking with them whatever they can from their few belongings. For many days after the fire, 12.000 people survived in dramatic living conditions, in the street, without shelter and access to hygiene facilities at the time of the pandemic.

lesbos
feb 14
2021

The temporary camp of Kara Tepe (Mavrovouni) on Lesvos was created in September 2020 for the homeless refugees of Moria after its complete destruction in September 2020. Half a year later, conditions remain exceptionally insufficient, despite promises by the authorities.

Giorgos
Moutafis

Giorgos Moutafis based Athens, Greece works as a freelancer photojournalist and filmmaker.
He has documented the most severe humanitarian crises and conflicts in more than 20 countries all over the world covering Middle East,Balkans and Africa. He has been assigned and his work has been published in Newsweek, TIME, New Yorker, Courrier International,Polka,Spiegel, Guardian,Al Jazeera, CBS (60MINUTES), CNN, BBC ,among others.
He has dedicated the last nine years to a long-term project on migration, focusing on the perilous European paths that migrants follow.

Visit his website: https://giorgos-moutafis.com

The
Moria
Nightmare
In
12 frames

In the past five years, thousands of refugees crossed the Aegean Sea in small dinghies. They headed towards Lesvos and other Eastern Aegean islands to reach safe soil. Upon arrival to Lesvos, their next stop was not a welcoming environment but the jungle outside and inside the barbed wire of Moria “hotspot”. The Moria of fences,  the Moria of fires. Images of shame travelled around the world in this period and remain as a markstone of human rights violations. Images of people shouting for freedom and safety, babies and children sleeping in tents  without access to running water and electricity. Images of people, each of them carrying a story of persecution in their hearts and a small bag full of hope on their shoulders. Images of old Moria and “new Moria”… at the revolving door of Europes’ external borders. 

A PHOTO EXHIBITION BY
GIORGOS MOUTAFIS  

Lesbos
Dec 11
2019

The Reception and Identification Centre (RIC) in Moria and the shanty town in the surrounding olive groves become the symbol of the implementation of the ‘deal’.  The ‘deal’ provided for the short-term stay of asylum-seekers. The vast majority was trapped here for months or even years in inhumane conditions.
 

Lesbos
Oct 31
2018

Thousands of individuals stayed for months or years without access to running water and electricity, exposed tobad weather conditions while waiting to be registered.

Lesbos
Dec 18
2017

23-year-old Bara from Syria was forced to live in her tent with her four-day old baby in the shanty town next tothe RIC of Moria. In the five years of the ‘deal’, hundreds of mothers with newborns have been forced to survive in similar conditions.

Lesbos
oct 31
2018

Refugees from Afghanistan that have just arrived on Lesvos create a makeshift shelter to spend the night in theOlive Grove next to Moria RIC, since there is no space for them inside the overcrowded camp.
 

Lesbos
Apr 14
2016

Staff from the EU Border and Coastguard Agency (FRONTEX) lead refugees that will be readmitted to the boat that will transfer them from Lesvos back to Turkey. From the beginning of the implementation of the ‘deal’ on 20 March 2016 until now, a total of 2.140 individuals have been returned to Turkey.
 

Lesbos
apr 5
2016

During the duration of the implementation of the ‘deal’ hundreds of asylum-seekers have been placed under administrative detention even immediately after their arrival. Until recently Greece implemented systematically the measure of ‘protective custody’ for unaccompanied refugees minors.
 

Lesbos
SEP 29
2019

Refugee carrying a child tries to escape the chemical irritants that riot police used during a protest following a fire in Moria RIC. Hundreds of children are witnesses of extreme conditions and situations in the overcrowded RICs.

 

Lesbos
oct 17
2019

Refugees from Afghanistan, who were rescued in the open sea, see a Frontex boat in Skala Sykamias harbour.  The agony in the eyes of the small children shows the fear they experienced.
 

Lesbos
feb 29
2020

Refugees from sub-Saharan Africa reach by boat a beach near Skala Sykamias on Lesvos. Tens of people have lost their lives in the Aegean waters in the past five years in their attempt to reach Europe. The ‘deal’ has not halted shipwrecks.
 

Lesbos
sep 9
2020

Thick smoke above the wired fences of Moria. In the past five years, tens of fires have broken out in these areas, either by makeshift fires, as many people did not have access to electricity and heating, or following riots.
 

Lesbos
sep 9
2020

Fires result in the compete destruction of Moria RIC. Refugees run to save themselves, taking with them whatever they can from their few belongings. For many days after the fire, 12.000 people survived in dramatic living conditions, in the street, without shelter and access to hygiene facilities at the time of the pandemic.
 

Lesbos
feb 14
2020

The temporary camp of Kara Tepe (Mavrovouni) on Lesvos was created in September 2020 for the homeless refugees of Moria after its complete destruction in September 2020. Half a year later, conditions remain exceptionally insufficient, despite promises by the authorities.

Giorgos
Moutafis

Giorgos Moutafis based Athens, Greece works as a freelancer photojournalist and filmmaker.
He has documented the most severe humanitarian crises and conflicts in more than 20 countries all over the world covering Middle East,Balkans and Africa. He has been assigned and his work has been published in Newsweek, TIME, New Yorker, Courrier International,Polka,Spiegel, Guardian,Al Jazeera, CBS (60MINUTES), CNN, BBC ,among others.
He has dedicated the last nine years to a long-term project on migration, focusing on the perilous European paths that migrants follow.