Since 2009 Greece has been the point of entry and transit for 2 million migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. From the beginning of the crisis the country’s fragility was evident, in its economic decline, highly porous borders, poor reception facilities and ineffective asylum framework. Then in 2015 the number of migrants and refugees exploded. Fleeing Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa, they attempt the sea crossing from Turkey to the eastern Aegean islands.
Even when they survive the perilous journey to Europe, there is no relief for the migrants. They still risk beatings and tear gas in clashes with the police, usually caused by delays in the registration process; and they endure long hikes in extreme weather conditions to reach northern Europe. Since 2016 they have not been able to get much further than Greece, as border controls have been tightened amid fears of an immigrant invasion and terrorism. Xenophobia and nationalism are poisoning the open borders policy and the democratic values of Europe.
Borders Kill is based on the personal story of Ali Jeyedad. Ali undertook two journeys to bring his Iraqi family to safety. He lost the youngest two of his four children: Hisen (4) and Zeyneb (6). They are among the 3,600 people who lost their lives while seeking refuge in Europe since 2009. The UN referred to the situation as ‘the worst refugee crisis since the second World War.’
From June 9 until July 31, Borders Kill was shown at Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece. The presentation, which is part of the Athens Photo Festival, consisted of an audiovisual installation and a live Twitter feed.
On June 8, the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra played ‘A Concert for the Refugees’ at the Thessaloniki Concert Hall. The concert – with symphonic works of Mahler and Chausson – was accompanied by a selection of photographs and videos of Borders Kill by the Greek photojournalist Nikos Pilos. The proceeds of the benefit concert will go to the improvement of te refugee living conditions in Greece.
Borders Kill at ‘A Concert for the Refugees’
Nikos Pilos shows a selection of work at Thessaloniki Concert Hall, Greece23 June 2016
On June 8, we show solidarity with our fellow human beings suffering. The Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra plays ‘A Concert for the Refugees’ at the Thessaoliniki Concert Hall. The orchestra plays the symphonic works of Mahler and Chausson. The music is accompanied by a selection of photographs and videos of Borders Kill, a project by...Read more