Today, there are more refugees and internally displaced people than at any other time since World War II.
Unable to simply watch as a bystander, Roger LeMoyne spent two weeks covering the mass exodus from Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq on the island of Lesbos in Greece and Macedonia.
Roger comments: “There’s a profound dissonance between the situation and the type of people who are refugees and who, as such, have come to embody the region’s instability. During the two weeks that I spent in Lesbos and traveling with migrants to the Macedonian border, I encountered members of an educated middle-class, graphic designers, doctors, entrepreneurs. I wondered: ‘How can someone who’s informed, who’s well-read, who has access to technology and who has some financial means be reduced to putting his life in peril crossing a sea on a dinghy, walking through inhospitable lands, waiting, like cattle, at border control centers and boarding trains that are reminiscent of another tragedy?”
Roger’s new work visualizes the geopolitical divides at the source of this crisis and explores the changing shape of the asylum landscape. In a recently published interview, Roger speaks further on the crisis and his visual response alongside the commentary by Dr. Jen Bagelman, who studies questions of asylum and citizenship, Christopher Tidey from UNICEF, and Sonja Kuiten, a volunteer.