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Hairstylist for the Migrants in Calais
Calais
By Steven Wassenaar
10 Feb 2016

Sabrina Lefebvre is a hairdresser who works in the world of luxury and fashion, but in her spare time she visits migrant camps in France to offer them free hair cuts. We followed her in Calais and Dunkirk, and in Paris during a fashion show.

During fashion shows and shoots for luxury magazines, she works between Paris, London, New York or Milan, styling the hair of the supermodels for well known fashion houses. Now based in London, the young woman assists the stars of her profession, like the Japanese hair stylist Akki Shirakawa. She could have been content to continue her ascent in this world of luxury, glitter and glamor.

But last October the path of this hairdresser, who is a true nomad, crossed that of the thousands of migrants who settled in make shift camps in Dunkirk and Calais, some mere miles from the village where she grew up. "I have travelled in poor regions of Brazil, and I know that in the worst circumstances, the poor strive to preserve their appearance. It is a question of dignity, it helps preserve the morale. And I decided to help them with my means."

As soon as she gets the chance, Sabrina spends a few days to settle in the camps to cut the hair of migrants. Through her work the young woman has earned an astonishing popularity within a few months: numerous people come to greet her and are and queuing in front of her makeshift barbershops along muddy roads or in tents.

Nothing discourages them, nor the icy wind, nor the mud, nor the jokes in Kurdish, Arabic or Farsi, that comment the mimicry of customers, who try to make understandable by gestures their hair cut requirements. Even more amazing, Sabrina became met with migrant colleagues; she now calls to wield the clippers or scissors at her side.

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Waiting for an Unknown Time: Asylum S...
Ranum
By Romina Vinci
05 Sep 2015

Ranum, north of Jutland in Denmark hosts an asylum center that is home to over 400 people waiting to find out if they will be given asylum. They can stay in this center for months, or even years, depending on the Danish immigrations services in based in Copenhagen. They are far away from their home countries and from their families, searching for the promised land that they always dreamed of, but for many of them, the present looks empty. These are a few of their stories.

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Ranum, Denmark
By Romina Vinci
05 Sep 2015

Abdulnaser, 16, is talented with foreign languages. After four months in Ranum, he can speak a little Danish.
He from one of many Syrian families waiting in Ranum's Asylum Center to be recognized as refugees.

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Ranum, Denmark
By Romina Vinci
05 Sep 2015

"€œA bomb destroyed our home in Damascus," said Mohammad, a 54 year-old Palestinian from Syria. "We sold the car and everything to find money to escape as soon as possible. There was no other way to survive." Mohammed remembers everything clearly. "€œIt was a long and dangerous journey crossing from Turkey to Greece and Italy by boat. We arrived in Denmark just with 20 dollars."

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Ranum, Denmark
By Romina Vinci
05 Sep 2015

Najwa is arabic teacher, and in Syria she also worked for the United Nations. Her husband is an engineer, and one of his sons studied Engineering at the University of Damascus.
Her family waits at the Ranum Asylum Center in Denmark to be recognized as refugees.

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Ranum, Denmark
By Romina Vinci
05 Sep 2015

The youngest of the family is Ahmed, 8 years old. He is a bright boy, and he likes to stay outside playing with the other kids. Sometimes, suddenly, he puts his hands up to his ears and start to tremble.

"He remember the sound of the bombs in Damascus," explains his mother, Najwa. "It'€™s impossible to forget. My hair has gone completely white."

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Ranum, Denmark
By Romina Vinci
05 Sep 2015

In their kitchen where they live now in the Ranum Asylum center, hanging on the shelves there are many signs with a word: "€œPositive"€."

"People who lived here before us have left these papers, and we like to keep them, because it'€™s good luck€," said Mohammad, a 54 year-old Palestinian from Syria.

He and his wife Najwa have five children, but the oldest, Ezzat, 22, lives separated from his family now. He was caught in Bulgaria.

"€œNow he is in Germany," continues Mohammad'€™s wife, "and we are here waiting for the results of our interview. If it is positive, we can get to him, because of family reunification. Otherwise, we don'€™t know."

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Ranum, Denmark
By Romina Vinci
05 Sep 2015

Hardi (left), a 30 year-old Kurd from Iraq, sits with another Kurd from Iraq, Hemem, (right) while he talks on the phone with his family. Ten years ago he escaped to Europe.

"€œI can't go back to my country," Hardi said. "They will kill me."

This is the only thing that he said about his past. At first he went to Sweden, then Finland, but his asylum requests were denied in both countries.

"€œIn 2008, my wife and my two children came to Denmark. We spent one year waiting, but the government decided to deport us to Iraq."

Hardi stayed in Baghdad not more than two weeks before then he was obliged to leave his family and to fee again.

"€œI went to Iran, then Turkey, and after a dangerous journey I arrived in England€."

Great Britain also rejected him, and he spent two years in England living on the street with no news of his family. Now he is back in Denmark. He has done three interviews and went to court to plead for asylum. The verdict was that he is not sure to stay in Denmark, but that he also can't go back to Iraq because his life is in danger.

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Ranum, Denmark
By Romina Vinci
03 Sep 2015

In Ranum, north of Jutland, a group of asylum seekers spends one of the first spring days at the beach. They come from Africa, and the harsh Danish winter has really taken a toll on them.

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Ranum, Denmark
By Romina Vinci
03 Sep 2015

Salina comes from Eritrea. She arrived in Denmark with a broken arm. She had an accident in the Sahara desert while trying to reach in Tripoli from Sudan.

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Ranum, Denmark
By Romina Vinci
03 Sep 2015

Deni, 4 years old, is from Ingushetia, one of the poorest republics in Russia, near Chechnya. His father had been tortured in prison for two weeks. Deni hates Denmark. Every morning when he wakes up he starts crying.

"I want to go home," he repeats. He does not have any friends in Ranum Asylum Center, because most of the kids speak Arabic or other languages, and he only speaks Russian. He always plays alone. The walls of his new 'home' are adorned with his drawings.

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Refugees Cross Greek-Macedonian Borde...
Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
24 Aug 2015

Portrait of an old man among the refugees as he waits to cross the border from Greece to Macedonia. Idomeni, August 24, 2015.

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Refugees Cross Greek-Macedonian Borde...
Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
24 Aug 2015

Refugees walk among the fields towards the Greek-Macedonian border. Idomeni, August 24, 2015.

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Refugees Cross Greek-Macedonian Borde...
Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
24 Aug 2015

A small child cries because of the tension as refugees wait to cross the Greek-Macedonian border. Idomeni, August 24, 2015.

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Refugees Cross Greek-Macedonian Borde...
Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
24 Aug 2015

Refugees wait to cross the Greek-Macedonian border. Idomeni, August 24, 2015.

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Refugees Cross Greek-Macedonian Borde...
Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
24 Aug 2015

Refugees among the fields walk towards the Greek-Macedonian border. Idomeni, August 24, 2015.

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Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
24 Aug 2015

A small child on her mother's arms among a group of refugees waiting for the permission from the Macedonian border police to cross the Greek-Macedonian border. Idomeni, August 24, 2015.

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Refugees Cross Greek-Macedonian Borde...
Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
24 Aug 2015

A small child on his father's arms and the Macedonian border police on the Greek-Macedonian border. Idomeni, August 24, 2015.

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Refugees Cross Greek-Macedonian Borde...
Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
24 Aug 2015

A small tension between refugees waiting to cross the Greek-Macedonian border and the Macedonian border police. Idomeni, August 24, 2015.

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Refugees Cross Greek-Macedonian Borde...
Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
24 Aug 2015

Refugees sit down on the train tracks as they wait to cross the Greek-Macedonian border. Idomeni, August 24, 2015.

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Refugees Cross the Greek-Macedonian B...
Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
23 Aug 2015

Refugees cross the border from Greece to Macedonia to board on trains that will take them to the Macedonian-Serbian border.

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Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
23 Aug 2015

Refugees wait to be transported by train to the Macedonian-Serbian border while the Macedonian border police is guarding them. Gevgelija, August 23, 2015.

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Refugees Cross Greek-Macedonian Borde...
Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
23 Aug 2015

Refugees, among the children, are waiting in the line to board on the train that will take them to the Macedonian-Serbian border. Gevgelija, August 23, 2015.

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Refugees Cross Greek-Macedonian Borde...
Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
23 Aug 2015

Refugees are crossing the Greek-Macedonian. Gevgelija, August 23, 2015.

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Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
23 Aug 2015

Refugees, among the children, are waiting in the line to board on the train that will take them to the Macedonian-Serbian border. Gevgelija, August 23, 2015.

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Refugees Cross Greek-Macedonian Borde...
Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
23 Aug 2015

Refugees, among the children, are waiting in the line to board on the train that will take them to the Macedonian-Serbian border. Gevgelija, August 23, 2015.

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Refugees Cross Greek-Macedonian Borde...
Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
23 Aug 2015

Refugees, among the children, in the train that will take them to the Macedonian-Serbian border. Gevgelija, August 23, 2015.

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Refugees Cross Greek-Macedonian Borde...
Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
23 Aug 2015

A refugee child carries his luggage as he walks on the train tracks to the Gevgelija bus station. Gevgelija, August 23, 2015.

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Refugees Cross Greek-Macedonian Borde...
Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
23 Aug 2015

Refugees are crossing the Greek-Macedonian. Gevgelija, August 23, 2015.

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Refugees Cross Greek-Macedonian Borde...
Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
23 Aug 2015

Refugees wait in the line to cross from the Greek side of the border to the Macedonian. Idomeni, August 23, 2015.

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Refugees Cross Greek-Macedonian Borde...
Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
23 Aug 2015

A refugee crosses the Greek-Macedonian border. Idomeni, August 23, 2015.

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Refugees Cross Greek-Macedonian Borde...
Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
23 Aug 2015

Refugees cross the Greek-Macedonian border from Idomeni to Gevgelija on August 23, 2015.

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Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
23 Aug 2015

Refugees cross the Greek-Macedonian border from Idomeni to Gevgelija on August 23, 2015

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Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
23 Aug 2015

Refugees after crossing the Greek-Macedonian border walk towards the train that will take them to the Macedonian-Serbian border. Gevgelija, August 23, 2015.

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Refugees Cross Greek-Macedonian Borde...
Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
23 Aug 2015

Portrait of a refugee child waiting for the train that will take him to the Macedonian-Serbian border. Gevgelija, August 23, 2015.

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Refugees Cross Greek-Macedonian Borde...
Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
23 Aug 2015

A refugee child waiting for the train that will take him to the Macedonian-Serbian border. Gevgelija, August 23, 2015.

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Ranum, Denmark
By Romina Vinci
13 Aug 2015

During a party, Ali (left) asks Kisanet (middle) to dance to his favorite Sri Lankan song. Ali was born in Ampara, and he left his country two years ago.

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Athens, Greece
By Manaure Quintero
26 Jul 2015

Women spend their days taking care of their households inside Pedion Areos Park.

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Athens, Greece
By Manaure Quintero
26 Jul 2015

Afghan migrants play at night inside Pedion Areos Park after a warm day in Athens. The summer is the best season of the year to cross the Mediterranean from Turkey to the Greek islands.