2016 Photo Contest, General News, 2nd prize

Under the Cover of Darkness


Paul Hansen

06 December, 2015

Volunteers assist refugees arriving on the Greek island of Lesbos, after crossing by boat from Turkey under cover of darkness.

In November, the European Union granted Turkey three billion euros for border control, and to keep refugees within the country. Police and coastguard patrols stepped up significantly and to avoid detection many refugees attempted the crossing at night, often in flimsy or unseaworthy craft. Many people drowned after boats capsized or sank, and those who survived the crossing often arrived in a state of hypothermia.

About the photographer

Paul Hansen

Previously, he was a freelance photographer and writer in New York until 1992 and then he worked at swedish newspaper, Expressen. He has contributed and helped write three books,...

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