How can refugees bring their stories to the world? Give them a camera

Migrants in Greece share their harrowing and human experiences through photos and film.

“I always had this dream in my life—to be a girl who wears her hijab and plays soccer,” says Masomeh Hussaini, 15, from Afghanistan. But in Iran, where she spent most of her childhood, she wasn’t allowed to play. “My second dream was to become a neurosurgeon and treat my sister,” she continues. Two years ago, she and her family came to Europe to seek medical help for her younger sister. Her father had to carry his sick daughter throughout the journey, while her mother, pregnant with twins, suffered a miscarriage of one of the babies when their boat capsized. Now in Greece, she plays soccer every day but, she says, “when I am happy, I suddenly flash back to those memories. I can never forget them.” Her portrait, along with others in this story, was made by refugee Zahra Mojahed as part of a project called 1000 Dreams for the nonprofit Witness Change.

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