Yannis Behrakis (@yannisbehrakis) has traveled the world for over 25 years covering #migrants, #refugees and the #displaced. He has been a witness to the mass movement of humanity many times in Bosnia, Kosovo, Croatia, the First and Second Gulf Wars, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan… His pictures provide an important historical context to the current migrant crisis, showing us the cyclical nature of human conflict. Showing that the same people are again and again uprooted, and reminding us of the inevitable consequence of war, exodus. Last year, for the first time, the refugees came to him, arriving by sea to his homeland of #Greece clinging to small dinghies. As this story became even more of a personal matter, Behrakis sought to become a voice for the persecuted and eyes for the global audience.
At #visapourlimage2016, Behrakis' report on these refugees, titled 'Paths of hope and despair,' was exhibited. Pictured is an image from the exhibition. The caption: A Syrian with his two children struggling to disembark after crossing from Turkey. Island of Lesbos, September 24, 2015. © Yannis Behrakis (@yannisbehrakis) / Reuters (@reuters)