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Premiere: A Rhodes, Greece Refugee Camp, Documented

In 2015 alone, around 65.3 million people worldwide were considered refugees, 51 percent of those children. That number grows everyday, and—perhaps even more heartbreaking—only 1 percent of them will ever be resettled. That said, with our news cycle practically drowning in political feuding (not without reason), we felt it apt to put the spotlight on just one of many refugee camps—this time in Rhodes, Greece. Enter Davy Kesey, his brother Jon, and Kevin Collins—three self-made visual journalists who spent last summer on a mission to document the refugee crisis on the refugees’ own terms (something all-together too rare). In Davy’s own words: 

In May of 2016 I went on a self-funded trip to Greece to document the ongoing refugee crisis. Joined by my brother, Jon, and fellow filmmaker, Kevin Collins, we were privileged to be the first photographers/filmmakers allowed in a refugee camp in Rhodes, Greece. The camp was relatively small, with only about fifty inhabitants.

The people pictured are from all over the Middle East, traveling from as far as Syria, Iraq, and even Afghanistan. Our interview highlights “Papa Dinos”, a local Greek man who came out of retirement to run the small refugee camp when the crisis started.

Peep the slideshow above to see all of Davy’s portraits, then watch their video for an even more intimate look inside what the trio calls Oasis Rhodes. Feeling inclined to give Trump the middle finger? Donate here to help fund the IRC’s refugee resettlement programs here in the US.

Images courtesy of Davy Kesey; Video courtesy of Kevin CollinsDavy Kesey, and Jon Kesey, with music by Chris Rollins

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