The Unblinking Eyes by Nensi Bogdani

No one can understand how life in a foreign country is until one experiences it on his own skin. This series shows the struggling and also habits of a group of refugees in Athens. They are from Afghanistan, Syria, and Iran, and they did not only flee their countries, but also abandoned their dreams. A block of old buildings at one of the main boulevards in Athens has now turned into their temporary “home roof”.

The plastic-covered windows have turned into the eyes they see the outside world as they have no jobs and mainly stay at home. Their traditional dishes, their five-times-per-day praying to their God “Allah”, and photographs from their countries – these are the only bridges left for them to connect to their past and their roots. They only speak their language and only some youngsters know very little English, so it becomes even more difficult for them to adapt in the society. They mainly rely on each-other. “We are all a family, if we have each-other we don’t need much more”, – says Scharaz from Afghanistan.

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Edin Chavez
Travel junkie, animal lover, troublemaker, daydreamer and a bit obsessed with my camera. Addicted to documentaries, coffee, hot sauce, and blue cheese.
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