The story behind the artwork
Situated close to the turkish border the picturesque island of Lesvos has been the main arrivalpoint for refugees entering Europe. According to the United Nations Refugee Agency more than 450. 000 refugees and migrants has crossed the treacherous Mediterrenian sea since the beginning of 2015. This is more than half of the 750,000 people who have arrived in Greece throughout this calendar year. Thousands of people have been reaching the island’s shores on a daily basis for the past few months. On November 13th, the UNHCR reported that more than an average of 3,000 people are arriving on the island of Lesvos – each day. This is what was left behind.
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit organisation founded in 1956 that works in more than 30 countries throughout the world.
As a private humanitarian organisation, DRC’s work covers all aspects of refugee issues based on humanitarian principles and human rights. Our overarching mission is to assist and protect refugees and to empower them towards a better future.
We strive to provide sustainable solutions for refugees, displaced people and host communities coupled with the objective of enabling those we assist to live dignified lives.
The Danish Refugee Council works on the basis of humanitarian principles and human rights with all aspects of refugee cases,
with the overall goal of helping to create lasting solutions for refugees and internally displaced persons.
No refugee must not be given help to find protection and lasting solutions.
Jeppe Carlsen was born in Denmark in 1979. While taking a degree in photojournalism from The Danish School of Journalism he worked on his own projects as well as larger NGO campaigns, as well as portraits to professional journals. (Read more…).