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A window into the lives of refugee children in Lesbos and Hamburg

 Hinz und Kunzt - Germany 31 October 2019

Since the summer, Hinz&Kunzt; has documented the lives of refugee children in both Greece and Hamburg, exploring the dangers that thousands of young people face in their search for safety. Photographers Mauricio Bustamante and Lena Maja Wöhler met some of the vulnerable kids living in Greek camps and those receiving protection in Hamburg. The schooling they receive there is offering hope. “I am optimistic about my future,” says 22-year-old Syrian Karim. (1340 Words) - By Mauricio Bustamante and Lena Maja Wöhler

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A young girl poses in front of Hinz&Kunzt photographer Lena Maja Wöhler in an Athens camp, with three men looking on.Credit: Lena Maja Wöhler

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A young girl sits outside her tent eating alone in one of the Athens refugee camps visited by Hinz&Kunzt.Credit: Mauricio Bustamante

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The "playground" of this illegal camp in Athens consists of a lonely ramp where children roll up and down on anything with wheels.Credit: Lena Maja Wöhler

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When visiting one of Athens' illegal refugee camps, this little girl was pushed in front of Hinz&Kunzt photographer Lena Maja Wöhler, where they left her there.Credit: Lena Maja Wöhler

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Image of a young refugee girl at The City Plaza Hotel in Athens. The hotel went bankrupt in the wake of the Greek financial crisis. Activists occupied the hotel and now operate it together with refugees. Credit: Lena Maja Wöhler

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The children are watched and protected as they play freely with one another at the City Plaza Hotel in Athens.Credit: Lena Maja Wöhler

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Some young refugees pictured washing the dishes. Anything is better than simply counting the hours at the Plaza Hotel in AthensCredit: Lena Maja Wöhler

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A dog lies in the reception of the City Plaza Hotel in Athens which went bankrupt in the wake of the wake of the Greek financial crisis. It is here were many refugees have found shelter in the city.Credit: Lena Maja Wöhler

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One refugee resident gives another a haircut at the City Plaza Hotel in Athens. Credit: Lena Maja Wöhler

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Four young refugees in Hamburg pose for a picture ahead of the street basketball game.Credit: Mauricio Bustamante

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Refugees of all ages come together to discuss life in Hamburg within the reception camp currently which houses houses around 350 people.Credit: Mauricio Bustamante


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