Following 20 years of conflict, on 9th July 2018, Ethiopia and Eritrea have agreed to lay down arms. In the bloody conflict that erupted around the border twon of Badme, around 100,000 people were killed, and numerous Ethiopians and Eritreans fled their countries, many of them to Europe. According to the UN, as many as five thousand people a month flee Eritrea alone, making the country one of the world’s largest sources of refugees.
Since the beginning of the year, I have been photographing the football team „Ze Berlin“. The footballers are Eritrean as well as Ethiopian refugees between the ages of 16 and 26 who, despite the conflict-ridden history between their home countries, train together three times a week. Most of them have come to Germany alone – on the football pitch they find connections and a sense of belonging, not least due to a shared culture, history and language.
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