Santi Donaire

Photographer / Videographer / Visual Storyteller / Journalist
 
The first step to Europe
Location: spain
Nationality: spanish
Biography: Santi Donaire is an award-winning documentary photographer, journalist and cofounder of the documentary film production company Nervio based in Spain. He has worked as a freelance photographer for various international media and news agencies in... read on
Public Story
The first step to Europe
Copyright santi donaire 2021
Updated 09/06/21
Location Lesbos
The first step to Europe

During the months of October to December 2015, at the beginning of the so-called refugee crisis, I went to Lesbos, a Greek island 10 km from Turkey, to document the emergency event that was taking place. While I was there, I saw from 2000 to 3000 people every day arriving at the beach of Skala Skamineas.They had fled conflict zones, had embarked on inflatable boats and scrapping boats from the Turkish coasts risking their lives to reach European territory.
Despite the European Union being aware of the situation, they ignored the issue without offering any help, relying on volunteers, citizens from all over the world and NGOs, to assist those who arrived disoriented, fleeing and in a situation of absolute vulnerability. Europe ended up paying 3,000 million euros to Turkey to retain the migratory flow and preventmigrants from arriving in our continent. 
At first, Greece allowed many of these people to move to the peninsula, but later it closed the passage turning Lesbos into a kind of prison where tens of thousands of migrants stayed in refugee camps without having the chance to leave. The Moria refugee camp has become the largest in Europe, crowded with thousands of people who, even today, are still unable to obtain asylum or return to their country. 

Also by Santi Donaire —

VISUAL STORY

TEARSHEETS

By Santi Donaire
VISUAL STORY

Land with no food

By Santi Donaire / Venezuela — Land with no food Venezuela is the world's largest oil reserve. Because of the oil wealth, the..
VISUAL STORY

CRUDE

By Santi Donaire / Venezuela — CRUDE is oil.  CRUDE is wealth and misery. CRUDE is success and exclusion.  CRUDE is..
VISUAL STORY

Sorte, the sacred mountain

By Santi Donaire / Venezuela — Sorte, the sacred mountain  In the center of the Venezuelan state of Yaracuy, in a semi-jungle..
VISUAL STORY

Mourning in Srebrenica

By Santi Donaire / Srebrenica — Mourning in Srebrenica In July 1995, during the Bosnian War, the Srebrenica massacre took place, considered..
VISUAL STORY

Chávez's death

By Santi Donaire / Caracas — Chávez's death On March 5, 2013 at 4:15 p.m., the Venezuelan television announced the death of..
VISUAL STORY

The last miners

By Santi Donaire / Asturias, Spain — The last miners In 2012 the 4,000 workers of the coal mines of Asturias and León began an indefinite..
VISUAL STORY

Waiting for Fidel

By Santi Donaire / Cuba
VISUAL STORY

Guarimbas

By Santi Donaire / Venezuela — Guarimbas After the death of Hugo Chávez and the consequent presidential elections in Venezuela,..
VISUAL STORY

Children of Oblivion

By Santi Donaire / Spain — Children of Oblivion According to the UN Human Rights report, Spain is one of the countries that has..
VISUAL STORY

Pimpineros

By Santi Donaire — Pimpineros In the Venezuelan Guajira, near the border with Colombia, there is a village called Los Filuos...
Join us
For more access