nataliasancha Natalia Sancha

Independent journalist and photographer in love with the Middle East. Based in Lebanon since 2008 and focusing on Syria.

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Migrants in Lesbos
Lesbos
By Natalia Sancha
18 Apr 2016

The Greek island of Lesbos witnessed an unprecedented spike in refugee arrivals in the summer of 2015 with an average of 2,000 people landing per day, overwhelming the limited infrastructure of the island. Since January of 2015, some 156,000 migrants have reached Greek’s coasts by crossing with inflatable boats from Turkey. Around 80% of the arrivals are of Afghan and Syrian nationality, and half of them are under the age of 18.

The perilous journey in such fragile boats were exposing migrants’ lives while smugglers, overwhelm by the numbers, were fitting up to 65 persons in boats with a maximum capacity of 15 persons. Smugglers charge an average of 1,000 euros for one-hour boat trip. Fleeing their war-torn countries, migrants try to reach northern Europe (mainly Germany and Sweden). Once in Athens, they will again resort to smugglers to cross by foot, train and buses the borders of Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary and Austria.

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Syrian Army in al-Qaryatain
Al-Qaryatain
By Natalia Sancha
04 Apr 2016

Photos show Syrian government forces and allied militias, like the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), in the recaptured town of al-Qaryatain on April 4, 2016 following clashes with Islamic State (ISIS) fighters. The town, which lies in central Syria and close to the city of Homs, was under ISIS control for eight months.

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Syrian Army in Palmyra
Palmyra
By Natalia Sancha
01 Apr 2016

Syrian Army soldiers recovered the ancient ruins and city of Palmyra from Islamic State (ISIS) fighters on March 27th, 2016 following three weeks of violent clashes. Government forces proceeded to fortify their presence in the city and its famous ruins after Russian sappers cleared the area with landmines planted by ISIS.

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Lesbos, Greece
By Natalia Sancha
12 Aug 2015

A group of migrants arrive in Skala Sikamias, in the Greek island of Lesbos, after enduring a perilous journey from Turkey on small boat filled with 50 people.

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Lesbos, Greece
By Natalia Sancha
12 Aug 2015

A small inflatable boat with around 50 migrants onboard reaches the coast of Skala Sikamias beach, in the Greek island of Lesbos, after crossing the 14 kilometers that separates them from Turkey's shores.

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Lesbos, Greece
By Natalia Sancha
12 Aug 2015

A small inflatable boat with around 50 migrants onboard reaches the coast of Skala Sikamias beach, in the Greek island of Lesbos, after crossing the 14 kilometers that separates them from Turkey's shores.

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Lesbos, Greece
By Natalia Sancha
12 Aug 2015

A small inflatable boat with around 50 migrants onboard reaches the coast of Skala Sikamias beach, in the Greek island of Lesbos, after crossing the 14 kilometers that separates them from Turkey's shores.

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Lesbos, Greece
By Natalia Sancha
14 Aug 2015

A man tries to re-comfort his daughter upon their arrival on a small inflatable boat from Turkey to the Greek island of Lesbos.

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Athens, Greece
By Natalia Sancha
10 Aug 2015

Up to 400 Afghan migrants sleep at Perioun Tou Arios park in Athens awaiting to continue their trip to northern Europe.

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Lesbos, Greece
By Natalia Sancha
14 Aug 2015

A migrant celebrates his safe arrival onboard a small boat to the Greek island of Lesbos. He was among a group of 50 migrants who have endured a perilous journey arrived from Turkey to reach Skala Sikamias, in Lesbos.

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Lesbos, Greece
By Natalia Sancha
12 Aug 2015

Ahmed, from Aleppo, celebrates his arrival to Greek's coast after one year trying to leave Syria's war-torn city. Many migrants celebrated their safe arrival onboard small inflatable boats in perilous journeys. Ahmed was among a group of 50 migrants who arrived from Turkey on small boat in Skala Sikamias, in Lesbos.

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Lesbos, Greece
By Natalia Sancha
12 Aug 2015

Locals and tourists provide water to a woman who fainted. She was among a group of migrants who arrived from Turkey on small boat to Skala Sikamias, in the Greek island of Lesbos.

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Lesbos, Greece
By Natalia Sancha
12 Aug 2015

A group of migrants rest in Skala Sikamias, in the Greek island of Lesbos, after enduring a perilous journey from Turkey on small boat filled with 50 people.

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Lesbos, Greece
By Natalia Sancha
12 Aug 2015

A group of migrants rest in Skala Sikamias, in the Greek island of Lesbos, after enduring a perilous journey from Turkey on small boat filled with 50 people.

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Lesbos, Greece
By Natalia Sancha
12 Aug 2015

A woman faints after a group of 50 migrants arrive from Turkey on a small boat to Skala Sikamias, in the Greek island of Lesbos.

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Lesbos, Greece
By Natalia Sancha
12 Aug 2015

A small inflatable boat with around 50 migrants onboard reaches the coast of Skala Sikamias beach, in the Greek island of Lesbos, after crossing the 14 kilometers that separates them from Turkey's shores.

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Lesbos, Greece
By Natalia Sancha
12 Aug 2015

A small inflatable boat with around 50 migrants onboard reaches the coast of Skala Sikamias beach, in the Greek island of Lesbos, after crossing the 14 kilometers that separates them from Turkey's shores.

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Lesbos, Greece
By Natalia Sancha
14 Aug 2015

An Afghan migrant faints after waiting in a crowded queue to obtain a transit permit at Mitilini Port Police, in the Greek island of Lesbos. He and other migrants have endured a perilous journey form Turkey on board small boats.

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Lesbos, Greece
By Natalia Sancha
14 Aug 2015

Migrants wait at Mitilini Port, in the Greek island of Lesbos, for a ferry boat to reach Athens. They have endured a perilous journey on small inflatable boats from Turkey.

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Lesbos, Greece
By Natalia Sancha
14 Aug 2015

Migrants wait in crowded queues to obtain a transit permit at Mitilini Port Police, in the Greek island of Lesbos, after enduring a perilous journey on small inflatable boats from Turkey.

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Lesbos, Greece
By Natalia Sancha
13 Aug 2015

Migrants buy bread and baby shoes at Moria refugee center in Lesbos. Up to 2,000 Afghan migrants await their turn to register at Moria identification camp after their arrival on small boats to the Greek island of Lesbos.

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Lesbos, Greece
By Natalia Sancha
13 Aug 2015

Up to 2,000 Afghan migrants await their turn to register at Moria identification camp after their arrival on small boats to the Greek island of Lesbos.

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Lesbos, Greece
By Natalia Sancha
13 Aug 2015

Up to 2,000 Afghan migrants await their turn to register at Moria identification camp after their arrival on small boats to the Greek island of Lesbos.

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Lesbos, Greece
By Natalia Sancha
13 Aug 2015

Up to 2,000 Afghan migrants await their turn to register at Moria identification camp after their arrival on small boats to the Greek island of Lesbos.

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Lesbos, Greece
By Natalia Sancha
13 Aug 2015

Up to 2,000 Afghan migrants await their turn to register at Moria identification camp after their arrival on small boats to the Greek island of Lesbos.

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Lesbos, Greece
By Natalia Sancha
13 Aug 2015

Bread distribution at Moria refugee camp in Lesbos. Up to 2,000 Afghan migrants await their turn to register at Moria identification camp after their arrival on small boats to the Greek island of Lesbos.

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Lesbos, Greece
By Natalia Sancha
13 Aug 2015

Up to 2,000 Afghan migrants await their turn to register at Moria identification camp after their arrival on small boats to the Greek island of Lesbos.

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Lesbos, Greece
By Natalia Sancha
13 Aug 2015

Bread distribution queues at Moria refugee camp in Lesbos. Up to 2,000 Afghan migrants await their turn to register at Moria identification camp after their arrival on small boats to the Greek island of Lesbos.

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Lesbos, Greece
By Natalia Sancha
13 Aug 2015

Bread distribution queues at Moria refugee camp in Lesbos. Up to 2,000 Afghan migrants await their turn to register at Moria identification camp after their arrival on small boats to the Greek island of Lesbos.

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Lesbos, Greece
By Natalia Sancha
13 Aug 2015

A mother and her child rest while waiting for registration. Up to 2,000 Afghan migrants await their turn to register at Moria identification camp after their arrival on small boats to the Greek island of Lesbos.

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Lesbos, Greece
By Natalia Sancha
13 Aug 2015

Up to 2,000 Afghan migrants await their turn to register at Moria identification camp after their arrival on small boats to the Greek island of Lesbos.

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Lesbos, Greece
By Natalia Sancha
13 Aug 2015

Up to 2,000 Afghan migrants await their turn to register at Moria identification camp after their arrival on small boats to the Greek island of Lesbos.

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Lesbos, Greece
By Natalia Sancha
13 Aug 2015

Up to 2,000 Afghan migrants await their turn to register at Moria identification camp after their arrival on small boats to the Greek island of Lesbos.

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Lesbos, Greece
By Natalia Sancha
13 Aug 2015

Up to 2,000 Afghan migrants await their turn to register at Moria identification camp after their arrival on small boats to the Greek island of Lesbos.

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Lesbos, Greece
By Natalia Sancha
13 Aug 2015

Up to 2,000 Afghan migrants await their turn to register at Moria identification camp after their arrival on small boats to the Greek island of Lesbos.

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Lesbos, Greece
By Natalia Sancha
12 Aug 2015

Up to 2,000 Afghan migrants await their turn to register at Moria identification camp after their arrival on small boats to the Greek island of Lesbos.

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Lesbos, Greece
By Natalia Sancha
12 Aug 2015

Hundreds of migrants walk up to three days, sleeping on the streets, from the northern villages of Lesbos Island to reach Mitilini and register at the port police station.

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Lesbos, Greece
By Natalia Sancha
12 Aug 2015

Hundreds of migrants walk up to three days, sleeping on the streets, from the northern villages of Lesbos Island to reach Mitilini and register at the port police station.

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Lesbos, Greece
By Natalia Sancha
12 Aug 2015

Local women look at a group of migrants at the local church. Hundreds of migrants walk for up to three days, sleeping on the streets, from the northern villages of Lesbos Island to reach Mitilini and register at the port police station.

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Lesbos, Greece
By Natalia Sancha
12 Aug 2015

Pile of life jackets and other gear are left behind after migrants make the journey in the sea and reach the Greek island of Lesbos.

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Lesbos, Greece
By Natalia Sancha
12 Aug 2015

Tourist observe as a group of migrants passes by. The group arrived to the Greek island of Lesbos on a small boat with 50 people coming from Turkey.

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Lesbos, Greece
By Natalia Sancha
12 Aug 2015

A Syrian woman hugs a stranger and her boat trip companion after their safe arrival to the Greek island of Lesbos. The journey took them across the sea on a small boat filled with 50 migrants.

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Lesbos, Greece
By Natalia Sancha
12 Aug 2015

Migrants finally arrive to the Greek island of Lesbos after enduring a perilous journey on a small boat from Turkey with 50 migrants onboard.