The story behind the artwork
Syrians, Afghans, Iraqis. The mass exodus of refugees fleeing violence, bombs, gunfire and the Islamic State is the highest number since world war II. Since this past spring, the number of refugees crossing the small greek island Lesvos towards central Europe has been steadily increasing, and even though weather is getting worse, the flood does not seem to stop. With more than 1,000 new arrivals every day this small island has become the new gateway to Europe. Although the Turkish coast is only 10km across the Aegean, the going rate charged by smugglers is around $1,200 and each news of another sinking adds to the death toll in this stretch of the Mediterranean. People are making the journey because they have no choice. Most are from Syria, others from Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and Eritrea – refugees from war, persecution, violence and human rights abuses. Desperation and fear drives them.
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…).