2017 - Ongoing
Germany; Turkey; Kenya; Chad; Jordan; Greece; Netherlands
The settlement of Cölln is documented for the first time. Over the next centuries the village transforms into Berlin, the capital city of Germany with a population of 3.5 million.
28th July 2012
Somewhere in the Jordanian desert international agency UNHCR establishes a tent city called Za'atari. Within 6 months it holds 80,000 people.
Za'atari is just one out of hunderds of refugee camps, supposedly temporary solutions, are all built to the same design. They are fenced, and strictly regulated, with no way out. These camps exist for decades, constantly evolving and expanding but never becoming an official 'place' on a map. The inhabitants become experts at crisis management and being able to adapt to changing conditions.
The refugee has become a new category of human being, the refugee camp is the political stage on which he has to play his part.
He is my friend.
Accompanied by police escorts and public relations officers, I'm allowed to meet him briefly.